Approaches to Plant Evolutionary Ecology by G.P. Cheplick

Approaches to Plant Evolutionary Ecology

byG.P. Cheplick

Hardcover | July 15, 2015

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Plant evolutionary ecology is a rapidly growing discipline which emphasizes that populations adapt and evolve not in isolation, but in relation to other species and abiotic environmental features such as climate. Although it departs from traditional evolutionary and ecological fields of study,the field is connected to branches of ecology, genetics, botany, conservation, and to a number of other fields of applied science, primarily through shared concepts and techniques. However, most books regarding evolutionary ecology focus on animals, creating a substantial need for scholarlyliterature with an emphasis on plants. Approaches to Plant Evolutionary Ecology is the first book to specifically explore the evolutionary characteristics of plants, filling the aforementioned gap in the literature on evolutionary ecology. Renowned plant ecologist Gregory P. Cheplick summarizes and synthesizes much of the primaryliterature regarding evolutionary ecology, providing a historical context for the study of plant populations from an evolutionary perspective. The book also provides summaries of both traditional (common gardens, reciprocal transplants) and modern (molecular genetic) approaches used to addressquestions about plant adaptation to a diverse group of abiotic and biotic factors. Cheplick provides a rigorously-written introduction to the rapidly growing field of plant evolutionary ecology that will appeal to undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in ecology and evolution, as wellas educators who are teaching courses on related topics.

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Gregory P. Cheplick, Ph.D. Professor of Biology, is a plant ecologist at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. His research is on the population biology of herbaceous plants, including grasses and their fungal endophytes, in relation to abiotic and biotic conditions.

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Title:Approaches to Plant Evolutionary EcologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.18 × 0.79 inPublished:July 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199988323

ISBN - 13:9780199988327

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PrefaceAcknowledgments1. The Domain of Evolutionary Ecology2. Natural Selection in the Plant Population3. The Common Garden Approach4. Reciporcal Transplant Experiments5. Molecular Approaches6. Abiotic Agents of Selection7. Biotic InteractionsI: Competition and Facilitation8. Biotic Interactions II: Microbial Symbiosis9. Biotic Interactions III: Animals10. Future DirectionsReferencesIndex