Stable Isotope Techniques in the Study of Biological Processes and Functioning of Ecosystems

  • Murray Unkovich
  • John Pate
  • Ann McNeill
  • D. Jane Gibbs

Part of the Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture book series (PSBA, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Todd E. Dawson, Paul D. Brooks
    Pages 1-18
  3. Glen Walker, Jean-Pierre Brunel, John Dighton, Kate Holland, Fred Leaney, Kerryn McEwan et al.
    Pages 57-89
  4. Murray Unkovich, John S. Pate
    Pages 103-118
  5. Mark B. Peoples, Brian Palmer, Robert M. Boddey
    Pages 119-144
  6. Jairo A. Palta
    Pages 145-165
  7. Ian R. P. Fillery, Sylvie Recous
    Pages 167-194
  8. Albertus J. Smit
    Pages 219-245
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 281-293

About this book


In the last two decades technological advances in isotope ratio mass spectrometry have been very rapid, opening up new possibilities for analysis of biological and environmental materials. The new instrumentation has facilitated faster analysis of samples via automated sample preparation and multi-isotope analysis of single samples, resulting in considerable cost savings, and enabling access to isotope analysis for many more researchers. These changes are reflected in the rapidly growing international literature on stable isotopes. While there have been some excellent books and review papers aimed at interpreting isotope signals in biology and environmental science, there have been fewer attempts to provide practical tools for researchers making forays into this exciting new arena. This book aims to address this inadequacy by providing a set of practical guidelines for the application of a range of novel and well proven stable isotope techniques to the fields of plant physiological ecology, agriculture, marine ecology and palaeoecology. The book is the outcome of a weeklong workshop held under the auspices of the Cooperative Research Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA 1992 - 2000) at The University of Western Australia and the CSIRO Floreat Laboratories, Perth, Western Australia, in February 1999. The workshop was designed to provide practical tools and experiences for researchers and students concerned with how one goes about using stable isotopes in field investigations.


Transpiration ecosystem ecosystems environment nitrogen physiology soil

Editors and affiliations

  • Murray Unkovich
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • John Pate
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ann McNeill
    • 2
    • 4
  • D. Jane Gibbs
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BotanyThe University of Western AustraliaAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean AgricultureThe University of Western AustraliaAustralia
  3. 3.Victorian Institute for Dryland, AgricultureMallee Research StationWalpeupAustralia
  4. 4.Roseworthy Campus — Agronomy and Farming SystemsThe University of AdelaideAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5736-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9841-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-1949
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