Plant Allometry

Plant Allometry

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Allometry, the study of the growth rate of an organism's parts in relation to the whole, has produced exciting results in research on animals. Now distinguished plant biologist Karl J. Niklas has written the first book to apply allometry to studies of the evolution, morphology, physiology, and reproduction of plants. Niklas covers a broad spectrum of plant life, from unicellular algae to towering trees, including fossil as well as extant taxa. He examines the relation between organic size and variations in plant form, metabolism, reproduction, and evolution, and draws on the zoological literature to develop allometric techniques for the peculiar problems of plant height, the relation between body mass and body length, and size-correlated variations in rates of growth. For readers unfamiliar with the basics of allometry, an appendix explains basic statistical methods. For botanists interested in an original, quantitative approach to plant evolution and function, and for zoologists who want to learn more about the value of allometric techniques for studying evolution, Plant Allometry makes a major contribution to the study of plant life.... thin layer of water that sticks to the external surfaces of cells, which is depleted of its oxygen and carbon dioxide by respiration and photosynthesis. ... The energy consumed per cell volume per second, there- fire, is roughly 3.66 J m~3 s ~a#39;. ... Figure 2.21 diagrams some aspects of the movement of cilia and the difference between the fluid velocity profiles around a self-propelled ... The beat of a cilium involves two distinct phases a€” a power (or effective) stroke and a recovery stroke.

Title:Plant Allometry
Author:Karl J. Niklas
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1994-10-17


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