Plant Ecology and Evolution in Harsh Environments by Nishanta Rajakaruna

By Nishanta Rajakaruna

Harsh environments discovered world wide harbor certain organisms tailored to severe levels in climatic, edaphic, and different environmental variables. whether or not they happen in severe climates equivalent to alpine summits or inland deserts, in habitats usually disturbed through hearth or floods, or on edaphic islands created via particular geologies or anthropogenic illness, the variations proven through organisms present in such environments make clear simple and utilized points of ecology and evolution. This quantity brings jointly present study on vegetation, fungi and microbes from harsh environments to bare underlying styles and customary topics of those specifically tough habitats.Topics contain the function of bedrock geochemistry and soil evolutionary tactics in producing severe habitats; the biology, ecology, and evolution of non-vascular and vascular vegetation, lichens, herbivores and pathogens, mycorrhizal fungi, and different necessary microbes present in severe environments. Habitats mentioned within the booklet comprise alpine and arctic settings, fire-prone Mediterranean climates, serpentine outcrops, gypsum soils, metal-rich mine tailings, and saline soils. as well as summarizing present examine, we spotlight new instruments and rising options in high-throughput phenotyping, genomics, and phylogenetics which are getting used to improve our knowing of evolution in harsh environments. We additionally emphasize effects won from classical ecological techniques that have allowed us to ascertain model to and evolution in harsh environments. as well as discussing simple learn, we hide utilized paintings targeting the threats posed via weather switch and different anthropogenic affects in addition to efforts to revive and guard severe habitats and the original organisms they harbor. eventually, we talk about the makes use of of plant species present in severe environments for agriculture and biotechnology, together with the quite new fields of phytoremediation and phytomining. The paintings highlighted during this quantity demonstrates what those species and their environments have taught us approximately ecological and evolutionary concept, conservation, and recovery: wisdom that may be utilized well past the habitats and species defined during this book.

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