Alpine Plant Life - Second edition
Edited by Körner, C.
Generations of plant scientists have been fascinated by alpine plant life - with the
exposure of organisms to dramatic climatic gradients over a very short distance.
Hardback 350pp, 293 illus, 32 color photos ISBN 9783540003472
This comprehensive text treats a wide range of topics: alpine climate and soils,
plant distribution and the treeline phenomenon, physiological ecology of water-,
nutritional- and carbon relations of alpine plants, plant stress and plant development,
biomass production, aspects of reproductive biology, and human impacts on alpine
vegetation. Geographically the book covers all parts of the world including the tropics.
This new edition of Alpine Plant Life has been fully updated. It now includes over
a hundred new references, new diagrams, revised and extended chapters, and
a geographic index.
From the reviews of the first edition
"This book should be required reading for all ecologists and ecology students.
Modern treatment of alpine ecology and the inclusion of tropics and good treatment of
tropical alpine environments makes this book unique. ...the best modern treatment of
"functional ecology" of alpine plants. Both the author and the publisher should be commended
for this book." (Botanical Electronic News)
"For anyone interested in alpine plant ecology (or ecophysiology) this book is a must,
being encyclopaedic in both scope and information content. Though it deals with potentially
complex topics, the book has been organised carefully and logically, and the topics are treated
with a simple yet elegant writing style which exudes the author's enthusiasm and fascination.
It was a delight to read, like a good novel that one is reluctant to set down. ... a most
impressive and comprehensive, up-to-the-minute book by undoubtedly the world's
foremost alpine plant ecologist and ecophysiologist." (New Zealand Journal of Ecology)
"The structure of the book and the approach in presenting information make it easy to
read. Highlighted information throughout the chapters and summaries at the end of each
chapter assist readers in recapturing important information. Color plates included at the end
of the book serve as a good summary of the book's contents. ... provides the most
up-to-date information about the ecology of plants at high altitudes."
(Mountain Research and Development)
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