Plant Biology of the Basin and Range

  • C. Barry Osmond
  • George M. Hidy
  • Louis F. Pitelka

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 80)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-N4
  2. C. C. Irwin-Williams, C. B. Osmond, A. J. Dansie, L. F. Pitelka
    Pages 1-15
  3. G. M. Hidy, H. E. Klieforth
    Pages 17-45
  4. William K. Smith, Alan K. Knapp
    Pages 87-142
  5. Evan H. DeLucia, William H. Schlesinger
    Pages 143-178
  6. Stanley D. Smith, Robert S. Nowak
    Pages 179-241
  7. James P. Dobrowolski, Martyn M. Caldwell, James H. Richards
    Pages 243-292
  8. Robert A. Wharton, Peter E. Wigand, Martin R. Rose, Richard L. Reinhardt, David A. Mouat, Harold E. Klieforth et al.
    Pages 323-359
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 361-375

About this book


In a very real sense, much of North American physiological plant ecol­ ogy began in the Basin and Range and has been researched there over the last four decades. However, we believe that this book may be the first attempt to bring together the full range of contemporary research into the fascinating plant biology of the Basin and Range Province. We have invited contributions from researchers presently working in and around the Province and asked them to review the major vegetation zones and distinctive environmental issues from a predominantly plant ecophysiological perspective. As researchers interested in plant physi­ ological and ecological processes, and in atmospheric processes affect­ ing vegetation, we have tended to emphasize the atmosphere, plant, soil continuum in structuring this book. After an introduction to the geography of the region, we deal with atmospheric processes and climates of the Great Basin, follow with chapters on the different vegetational zones, treated from ecophysiological perspectives, and then place emphasis on plant-soil relations. We have not treated plant­ animal interactions in the detail that the impacts of man and his domesticated animals on the desert ecosystem deserve. However we have included a review of a very promising technique (analysis of stable isotopes at natural abundance) for integration of these processes. We close with a compelling statement of the case for the Great Basin as a laboratory for climatic change research, prepared by a multidisciplinary team from the Desert Research Institute.


Pflanzenphysiologie Wüstenökologie biology desert ecology environment forest physiology plant plant physiology plants soil temperature vegetation Ökologie

Authors and affiliations

  • C. Barry Osmond
    • 1
  • George M. Hidy
    • 2
  • Louis F. Pitelka
    • 2
  1. 1.Botany DepartmentDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Environment DivisionElectric Power Research InstitutionPalo AltoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-74801-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-74799-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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