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Plants in Alpine Regions

Cell Physiology of Adaption and Survival Strategies

  • Cornelius Lütz


  • This is the first book to cover the aspect of cell physiology in alpine plants;

  • Thematically related to plant behaviour in a changing environment, this book joins different fields of research, which results in a comprehensive view of molecular and cellular stress adaptation and stress avoidance under the aggravated conditions in high mountain


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Michael Kuhn
    Pages 1-10
  3. Mario Blumthaler
    Pages 11-20
  4. Walter Larcher
    Pages 21-27
  5. Cornelius Lütz, Paul Bergweiler, Lavinia Di Piazza, Andreas Holzinger
    Pages 43-60
  6. Peter Streb, Gabriel Cornic
    Pages 75-97
  7. Richard Bligny, Serge Aubert
    Pages 99-120
  8. Johanna Wagner, Ursula Ladinig, Gerlinde Steinacher, Ilse Larl
    Pages 135-152
  9. Stefan Mayr, Peter Schmid, Barbara Beikircher
    Pages 153-162
  10. Gilbert Neuner, Jürgen Hacker
    Pages 163-174
  11. Rosa Margesin
    Pages 187-198
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 199-202

About this book


This book brings together experts from different fields, who used a broad spectrum of methods to investigate the physiological and cellular adaptation of alpine plants from the tree line to the upper limits. Some articles link alpine plant physiology with physiological adaptations observed in polar plants.

Tolerance against often high light intensities (including UV), cold or freezing temperatures, in addition to the need for fast tissue development, flowering, and propagation that is managed by alpine plants are to some extent underrepresented in recent research. This volume considers ice formation and winter conditions in alpine plants; the fate of cryophilic algae and microorganisms; cell structural adaptations; sexual reproduction in high altitudes; the physiology of photosynthesis, antioxidants, metabolites, carbon and nitrogen; and the influences of microclimate (temperatures at the plant level, heat tolerance), UV light, weather and ozone. Further information on life processes in alpine extreme environments may additionally yield new insights into the range of adaptation processes in lowland plants.


Editors and affiliations

  • Cornelius Lütz
    • 1
  1. 1.Fak. Naturwissenschaften, Inst. BotanikUniv. InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

About the editors

Cornelius Lütz is Professor at the Institute of Botany at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. His research focusses on adaptation strategies and cell physiology of higher plants in alpine regions, as well as in Arctis and Antarctis.

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