Nutrient Acquisition by Plants

An Ecological Perspective

  • Hormoz BassiriRad

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 181)

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Adaptation and evolution of terrestrial plants depend, to a large extent, on their ability to acquire nutrients. This is a modern and integrative treatment of the mechanisms controlling plant nutrient uptake and how plants respond to changes in the environment. The following key topics are covered: soil nutrient bioavailability; root responses to variations in nutrient supply; nitrogen fixation; regulation of nutrient uptake by internal plant demand; root characteristics; kinetics of nutrient uptake; root architecture; life span; mycorrhizae; responses to climate change. This integrated view helps us to understand the mechanisms that govern present-day plant communities and is indispensable in models designed to predict the response of plants to a changing climate.


Bodenbiologie Humus Wurzeln biology ecology ecosystem evolution nitrogen pflanzliche Ökophysiology physiology plant ecophysiology plant nutrients regulation root architecture temperature

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  • Hormoz BassiriRad
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  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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