Tree Physiology

Size- and Age-Related Changes in Tree Structure and Function

Editors: Meinzer, Frederick C., Lachenbruch, Barbara, Dawson, Todd E. (Eds.)

  • Unique and timely synthesis of current state of knowledge and future research needs on the topic
  • Contents of interest to forest managers and silviculturists as well as those conducting basic research
  • Information in book has important implications for policymakers in the context of forests, climate change and the carbon cycle
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About this book

Millions of trees live and grow all around us, and we all recognize the vital role they play in the world’s ecosystems. Publicity campaigns exhort us to plant yet more. Yet until recently comparatively little was known about the root causes of the physical changes that attend their growth. Since trees typically increase in size by three to four orders of magnitude in their journey to maturity, this gap in our knowledge has been a crucial issue to address. Here at last is a synthesis of the current state of our knowledge about both the causes and consequences of ontogenetic changes in key features of tree structure and function.

During their ontogeny, trees undergo numerous changes in their physiological function, the structure and mechanical properties of their wood, and overall architecture and allometry. This book examines the central interplay between these changes and tree size and age. It also explores the impact these changes can have, at the level of the individual tree, on the emerging characteristics of forest ecosystems at various stages of their development. The analysis offers an explanation for the importance of discriminating between the varied physical properties arising from the nexus of size and age, as well as highlighting the implications these ontogenetic changes have for commercial forestry and climate change. This important and timely summation of our knowledge base in this area, written by highly respected researchers, will be of huge interest, not only to researchers, but also to forest managers and silviculturists.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • A Lifespan Perspective on Integrating Structure and Function in Trees

    Hinckley, Thomas M. (et al.)

    Pages 3-30

  • Age-Related Changes in Tree Growth and Functional Biology: The Role of Reproduction

    Thomas, Sean C.

    Pages 33-64

  • The Earliest Stages of Tree Growth: Development, Physiology and Impacts of Microclimate

    Johnson, Daniel M. (et al.)

    Pages 65-87

  • Regulation of Ontogeny in Temperate Conifers

    Day, Michael E. (et al.)

    Pages 91-119

  • Radial Variation in Wood Structure and Function in Woody Plants, and Hypotheses for Its Occurrence

    Lachenbruch, Barbara (et al.)

    Pages 121-164

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eBook $219.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Size- and Age-Related Changes in Tree Structure and Function
Editors
  • Frederick C. Meinzer
  • Barbara Lachenbruch
  • Todd E. Dawson
Series Title
Tree Physiology
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1242-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1242-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1241-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3769-3
Series ISSN
1568-2544
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 514
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