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Plants on plants-- : the biology of vascular epiphytes

Author: Gerhard Zotz
Publisher: Switzerland : Springer, [2016]
Series: Fascinating life sciences.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book critically reviews advances in our understanding of the biology of vascular epiphytes since Andreas Schimper?s 1888 seminal work. It addresses all aspects of their biology, from anatomy and physiology to ecology and evolution, in the context of general biological principles. By comparing epiphytes with non-epiphytes throughout, it offers a valuable resource for researchers who are not primarily interested  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)948561478
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gerhard Zotz
ISBN: 9783319392370 3319392379
OCLC Number: 957772946
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Preface; Acknowledgments; A Comment on Plant Names; List of Abbreviations; Contents; 1: Introduction; 1.1 What Is an Epiphyte?; 1.2 Other Forms of Structurally Dependent Plants; 1.3 Other Classification Schemes; Box 1.1 Different classification schemes for epiphytes (after Benzing 1990, modified); 1.4 Epiphytes: A Life Form?; 1.5 Why Conquer Trees?; References; 2: Epiphyte Taxonomy and Evolutionary Trends; 2.1 Taxonomic Participation; 2.1.1 Plant Families with a Substantial Number of Vascular Epiphytes; Box 2.1 Epiphytes and Lithophytes 2.1.2 Future Changes in the Proportion of Epiphytic TaxaBox 2.2 Canopy Access; 2.2 The Conquest of Tree Canopies: ``Up ́́and Sometimes ``Down;́́ 2.3 How Biased Is Our Current View on Epiphytes?; References; 3: Biogeography: Latitudinal and Elevational Trends; 3.1 Latitudinal Trends; Box 3.1 Comparing Species Richness Patterns of Epiphytic and Terrestrial Ferns Along Elevational and Latitudinal Gradients (Di...; 3.2 Elevational Trends; 3.3 Diversity Patterns Within the Tropics; References; 4: Functional Anatomy and Morphology; 4.1 Plant Size Box 4.1 Life form and Plant Size (Gerhard Zotz, Niklas Buhk, and Christoph Hahn)4.2 Shoot Architecture; 4.3 Gametophytes of Epiphytic Ferns; 4.4 Leaves; 4.5 A Special Case: Heteroblasty; 4.6 Roots; 4.7 Seed Size and Seed Morphology; References; 5: Physiological Ecology; Box 5.1 Size-Related Changes in Foliar delta13C Values of Vascular Epiphytes (Gerold Schmidt and Gerhard Zotz); 5.1 The Physical Setting; 5.2 Plant Water Relations; 5.3 Temperature and Plant Function; 5.4 Mineral Nutrition; 5.4.1 Nutrients in the Forest Canopy; 5.4.2 Nutrient Uptake 5.4.3 Nutrient Concentrations in Tissue of Vascular EpiphytesBox 5.2 Luxury Consumption in Epiphytic Bromeliads (Uwe Winkler and Gerhard Zotz); 5.4.4 Reproductive Investment; 5.4.5 Associations with Fungi and Cyanobacteria; 5.4.6 Special Nutritional Modes Related to Animals; 5.4.7 Intraspecific Variation in Hemiepiphytes and Facultative Epiphytes; 5.5 Photosynthesis, Carbon Gain, and Growth; Box 5.3 CAM Biomass in Epiphytes and Terrestrial Plants; 5.5.1 Foliar Carbon Gain; 5.5.2 Carbon Gain by Non-foliar Organs; 5.5.3 Whole Plant Carbon Budgets; 5.5.4 Light Flecks and Carbon Gain 5.5.5 Photoinhibition5.5.6 Growth; Box 5.4 Growth Analysis in Vriesea sanguinolenta (Stefan Wester, Cord Mikona, and Gerhard Zotz); 5.5.7 Atmospheric CO2, Net CO2 Uptake, and Growth; References; 6: Population Biology; 6.1 Diaspores; 6.2 Germination and Establishment; Box 6.1 Light Quality and Germination in Epiphytic Bromeliads (Eva-Maria Voßmann, Stefan Wester, and Gerhard Zotz); 6.3 Growth and Survival; 6.4 Reproduction; 6.5 Survival on the Ground; 6.6 Comparative Plant Demography; Box 6.2 Population Matrix Analysis of an Epiphytic Orchid; 6.7 Metapopulations; References
Series Title: Fascinating life sciences.
Responsibility: Gerhard Zotz.

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This book critically reviews advances in our understanding of the biology of vascular epiphytes since Andreas Schimper's 1888 seminal work. Scientists have tended to study pristine systems, but  Read more...

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