Plant-Environment Interactions

Plant-Environment Interactions

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Our image of plants is changing dramatically away from passive entities merely subject to environmental forces and organisms that are designed solely for the accumulation of photosynthate. Plants are revealing themselves to be dynamic and highly sensitive organisms that actively and competitively forage for limited resources, both above and below ground, organisms that accurately gauge their circumstances, use sophisticated cost-benefit analysis, and take clear actions to mitigate and control diverse environmental threats. Moreover, plants are also capable of complex recognition of self and non-self and are territorial in behavior. They are as sophisticated in behavior as animals but their potential has been masked because it operates on time scales many orders of magnitude less than those of animals. Plants are sessile organisms. As such, the only alternative to a rapidly changing environment is rapid adaptation. This book will focus on all these new and exciting aspects of plant biology.Since such volatiles are released from the plant surface and move through the air , they can also affect neighboring plants and thus ... is triggered by cues from neighboring plants that are currently under attack (Farmer 2001; Pickett and Poppy 2001; Heil and Ton 2008). ... While manual clipping might release unrealistically high amounts of VOCs, or even compounds that are not released when herbivoresanbsp;...

Title:Plant-Environment Interactions
Author: Frantisek Baluska
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2009-03-03

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