Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture

Stable Isotope Techniques in the Study of Biological Processes and Functioning of Ecosystems

Editors: Unkovich, M.J., Pate, J.S., McNeill, A., Gibbs, J. (Eds.)

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In the last two decades technological advances in isotope ratio mass spectrometry have been very rapid, opening up new possibilities for analysis of biological and environmental materials. The new instrumentation has facilitated faster analysis of samples via automated sample preparation and multi-isotope analysis of single samples, resulting in considerable cost savings, and enabling access to isotope analysis for many more researchers. These changes are reflected in the rapidly growing international literature on stable isotopes. While there have been some excellent books and review papers aimed at interpreting isotope signals in biology and environmental science, there have been fewer attempts to provide practical tools for researchers making forays into this exciting new arena. This book aims to address this inadequacy by providing a set of practical guidelines for the application of a range of novel and well proven stable isotope techniques to the fields of plant physiological ecology, agriculture, marine ecology and palaeoecology. The book is the outcome of a weeklong workshop held under the auspices of the Cooperative Research Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA 1992 - 2000) at The University of Western Australia and the CSIRO Floreat Laboratories, Perth, Western Australia, in February 1999. The workshop was designed to provide practical tools and experiences for researchers and students concerned with how one goes about using stable isotopes in field investigations.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Fundamentals of Stable Isotope Chemistry and Measurement

    Dawson, Todd E. (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

  • Carbon Isotope Discrimination and Plant Water-Use Efficiency

    Pate, John S.

    Pages 19-36

  • Extraction and Analysis of Plant Water for Deuterium Isotope Measurement and Application to Field Experiments

    Turner, J. V. (et al.)

    Pages 37-55

  • The Use of Stable Isotopes of Water for Determining Sources of Water for Plant Transpiration

    Walker, Glen (et al.)

    Pages 57-89

  • What do δ15N Signatures tell Us about Nitrogen Relations in Natural Ecosystems?

    Stewart, George R.

    Pages 91-101

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stable Isotope Techniques in the Study of Biological Processes and Functioning of Ecosystems
Editors
  • M.J. Unkovich
  • J.S. Pate
  • A. McNeill
  • J. Gibbs
Series Title
Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture
Series Volume
40
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-9841-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-9841-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-7078-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5736-5
Series ISSN
0924-1949
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 293
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