The impact of environmental stress on plant performance in mediterranean-climate ecosystems: Differing levels of analysis

  • H. A. Mooney
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 15)


Study of the effects of naturally-occurring environmental stress on the physiology of mediterranean-climate plants has a long history. Some contemporary approaches, such as assessing responses of photosynthesis of sclerophylls to the seasonal drought period, go back over half a century to the studies of Guttenberg and Buhr (1935), who found reductions in photosynthetic capacity and midday depression of rates. Many recent advances in our understanding of the mechanisms by which mediterranean-climate plants tolerate seasonal drought stress are summarized in this volume.


Photosynthetic Capacity Leaf Level Midday Depression Plant Water Potential Mediterranean Landscape 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. A. Mooney
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  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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