Ecological Genetics and Air Pollution

  • George E. TaylorJr.
  • Louis F. Pitelka
  • Michael T. Clegg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. George E. Taylor Jr., Louis F. Pitelka, Michael T. Clegg
    Pages 1-9
  3. Anthony D. Bradshaw, T. McNeilly
    Pages 11-31
  4. J. Nigel B. Bell, Mike R. Ashmore, G. B. Wilson
    Pages 33-59
  5. Mikeal L. Roose
    Pages 111-126
  6. William E. Winner, James S. Coleman, Christopher Gillespie, Harold A. Mooney, Eva J. Pell
    Pages 177-202
  7. James R. Ehleringer
    Pages 203-207
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 351-359

About this book


Human activities influence the chemical and physical properties of the atmosphere; examples are increases in troposphere concentrations of ozone, carbon dioxide, oxides of nitrogen and sulfur, heavy metals and UV-B radiation. Many of these changes can alter the physiological status of terrestrial vegetation through either inhibition or enhancement of growth and reproduction, thereby influencing the ability of sensitive plants to compete for limited resources. As a result, air pollution stress may be changing the genetic structure of plant populations. In this book, leading researchers with a broad, interdisciplinary range of expertise discuss the known and measurable effects of pollution on terrestrial vegetation within the framework of ecological genetics, as well as suitable experimental methodologies to analyze the often novel or unusual effects of such environmental stresses. For environmental researchers and managers, Ecological Genetics and Air Pollution will be a welcomed introduction to this field of growing importance for long-term ecological studies.


air pollution atmosphere carbon carbon dioxide chemistry environment environmental stress evolution forest nitrogen ozone plant plants pollution vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • George E. TaylorJr.
    • 1
  • Louis F. Pitelka
    • 2
  • Michael T. Clegg
    • 3
  1. 1.Desert Research Institute and Department of Environmental and Resource SciencesUniversity of Nevada, RenoRenoUSA
  2. 2.Ecological Studies ProgramElectric Power Research InstitutePalo AltoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Botany and Plant ScienceUniversity of California-RiversideRiversideUSA

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