A Plant Ecology & Physiology Literature Guide: What to Read by the Ones that Write on it

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Reclamation and Restoration Ecology

Recommendation by: Professor Dr. M. Anne Naeth and Sarah R. Wilkinson, M.Sc. Research Coordinator. Reclamation and Restoration Ecology. Department of Renewable Resources. University of Alberta, Canada.

Journal papers

Palmer, M.A., R.F. Ambrose and N. LeRoy Poff. 1997. Ecological theory and community restoration ecology. Restoration Ecology 5(4):291-300.

Egler, F.E. 1954. Vegetation science concepts. I. Initial floristic composition, a factor in old-field vegetation development. Vegetatio 4:412-417.

Turner, M.G., W. L. Baker, C. J. Peterson and R. K. Peet. 1998. Factors influencing succession: lessons from large, infrequent natural disturbances. Ecosystems 1:511-523.


Templeton, V.M., R.J. Hobbs, T. Nuttle and S. Halle (Editors). 2005. Assembly rules and restoration ecology. Bridging the gap between theory and practice. Island Press. Washington D.C.

Leck, M.A., V.T. Parker and L.R. Simpson (Editors). 1989. Ecology of soil seed banks. Academic Press. San Diego, California.

Gray, A.J., M. Crawley and P. Edwards (Editors). 1987. Colonization, succession and stability. Blackwell Scientific Publications. Oxford, England.

Jordan III, W.R., M.E. Gilpin and J.D. Aber (Editors). 1987. Restoration ecology: a synthetic approach to ecological research. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, England.

Luken, O. 1990. Directing ecological succession. Chapman and Hall. New York, New York.

Munshower, F.F. 1994. Practical handbook of disturbed land revegetation. Lewis Publishers. Boca Raton, Florida.

Ecophysiology & Stress Physiology

Recommendations by: Walter Larcher, Emeritus Institute of Botany, University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Journal Papers (Stress Physiology)

Demmig-Adams B., Adams W.W. III (1996): The role of xanthophyll cycle carotenoids in the protection of photosynthesis. Trends Plant Sci 1:21--26

Larcher W. (2000): Temperature stress and survival ability of Mediterranean sclerophyllous plants. Plant Biosystems 134, 279-295

Larcher W. (2005): Climatic constraints drive the evolution of low temperature resistance in woody plants. J. Agric. Meteorol. 61, 189-202

Larcher W., Wagner J., Neuner G., Méndez M., Jiménez M.S., Morales D. (1991): Thermal limits of photosynthetic function and viability of leaves of Persea indica and Persea americana. Acta Oecol.12, 529-541

Larcher W., Wagner J., Thammathaworn A. (1990): Effects of superimposed temperature stress on in vivo chlorophyll fluorescence of Vigna unguiculata under saline stress. Journal of Plant Physiology 136, 92-102

Manetas, Y. (2006): Why some leaves are anthocyanic and why most anthocyanic leaves are red? Flora 201, 163-177

Proctor, M.C.F. (2000): The bryophyte paradox: tolerance of desiccation, evasion of drought. Plant Ecology 151, 41-49

Selye, H. (1973): The evolution of the stress concept. Am. Sci. 61, 693-699

Tyree, M. T., Sperry, J. S. (1989): Vulnerability of xylem to cavitation and embolism. Annu. Rev. Plant Phys. Mol. Biol. 40, 19-38

Zarter, C R. Adams III, W W. Ebbert, V. Adamska, I. Jansson, St., Demmig-Adams, B. (2006): Winter acclimation of PsbS and related proteins in the evergreen Arctostaphylos uva-ursi as influenced by altitude and light environment. Plant, Cell and Environment 29, 869–878

Journal Papers (other Ecophysiology)

Borchert, R. Robertson, K. Schwartz, M D. Williams-Linera, G. (2005): Phenology of temperate trees in tropical climates. International Journal of Biometeorology 50, 57-65

Ehleringer J.R., Cerling T.E., Helliker B.R. (1997): C-4 photosynthesis, atmospheric CO2 and climate. Oecologia 112:285--299

Ehleringer, J. R., Sage, R. F., Flanagan, L. B., Pearcy, R. W. (1991): Climate change and the evolution of C4 photosynthesis. Trends Ecol. Evol. 6, 95-99

Gates, D. M. (1965): Energy, plants and ecology. Ecology 46,1-14

Hirose, T., Werger, M. J. A. (1987): Nitrogen use efficiency in instantaneous and daily photosynthesis of leaves in the canopy of a Solidago altissima stand. Physiol.Plant. 70, 215-222,

Hoch, G. Richter, A. Körner, Ch. (2003): Non-structural carbon compounds in temperate forest trees. Plant, Cell and Environment, 26, 1067-1081

Jiménez, M.S., „ermák, J., Kučera, J., Morales, D. (1996): Laurel forests in Tenerife, Canary Islands: the annual course of sap flow in Laurus trees and stand. J. Hydrology 183, 307-321

Körner, Ch. (2003): Carbon limitation in trees. J. Ecology, 91, 4-17

Körner, Ch., Larcher, W. (1988): Plant life in cold climates. Symp. Soc. Exp. Biol. 42, 25-57. Comp. Biol. Ltd. Cambridge 1988

Kozlowski, T. T. (1992): Carbohydrate sources and sinks in woody plants. Bot. Review 58, 107-222

Lange, O L. Green, T G A. (2005): Lichens show that fungi can acclimate their respiration to seasonal changes in temperature. Oecologia 142, 11-19

Long, St P. Zhu, X-G. Naidu, Sh L. Ort, D R. (2006): Can improvement in photosynthesis increase crop yields? Can improvement in photosynthesis increase crop yields? Plant, Cell and Environment 29, 315-330

Pearcy R.W., Ehleringer J.R. (1984): Comparative ecophysiology of C3 and C4 plants. Plant Cell Environ 7:1--13

Prado, C.H.B.A., De·Moraes, J.A.P.V. (1997): Photosynthetic capacity and specific leaf mass in twenty wood species of Cerrado vegetation under field conditions. Photosynthetica 33, 103-112

Reich, P.B., Kloeppel, B.D., Ellsworth, D.S., Walters, M.B. (1995): Different photosynthesis-nitrogen relations in deciduous hardwood and evergreen coniferous tree species. Oecologia 104, 24-30

Steudle E. (2001) The cohesion-tension mechanism and the acquisition of water by plant roots. Annu Rev Plant Physiol Plant Mol Biol 52:847--875

van Bel, A.J.E. (1996): Interaction between sieve element and companion cell and the consequences for photoassimilate distribution. Two structural hardware frames with associated software packages in dicotyledons? J Exp Bot 47:1129--1140

Werner, C., Ryel, R.J., Correia, O., Beyschlag, W. (2001): Effects of photoinhibition on whole-plant carbon gain assessed with a photosynthesis model. Plant, Cell and Environment 24, 27-40

Wohlfahrt, G., Bahn, M., Haubner, E., Horak, I., Michaeler, W., Rottmar, K., Tappeiner, U., Cernusca, A. (1999): Interspecific variation of the biochemical limitation to photosynthesis and related leaf traits of 30 species from mountain grassland ecosystems under different land use. Plant, Cell and Environment 22, 1281-1296

Books and Book chapters

Borchert, R. (2003): Environmental control of vegetative phenology in tropical dry forest trees. In: Larcher, W.: Physiological Plant Ecology - Box 5.1. 4th ed., Springer, Berlin

Crawford, R.M.M. (1989): Studies in plant survival. Blackwell SciPubl, Oxford

Jarvis, P. G., Leverenz, J. W. (1983): Productivity of temperate, deciduous and evergreen forests. In: Lange, O. L., Nobel, P. S., Osmond, C. B., Ziegler, H. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Plant Physiology Vol.12D, pp. 233-280. Springer, Berlin,

Kluge, M., Ting, I. P (1978): Crassulacean Acid Metabolism. Analysis of an ecological adaptation. Springer, Berlin,

Körner, Ch. (2003): Alpine plant life. Functional plant ecology of high mountain ecosystems. 2nd ed., Springer, Berlin

Küppers, M. (2003): Space filling by foliage. In: Larcher, W.: Physiological Plant Ecology - Box 1.1 and Box 1.2. 4th ed., Springer, Berlin

Larcher, W. (1994): Photosynthesis as a tool for indicating temperature stress events. In: Schulze E.-D., Caldwell M.M. (eds.): Ecophysiology of Photosynthesis, 261-277. Springer, Berlin

Lüttge, U.( 1997): Physiological ecology of tropical plants. Springer, Berlin

Marschner, H. (1995): Mineral nutrition of higher plants. 2nd ed., Academic Press, London

Nobel, P. S. (1999): Physicochemical and environmental plant physiology. 2nd ed., Academic Press, San Diego, New York

Rychnovská, M. (1993): Structure and functioning of seminatural meadows. Structure and functioning of seminatural meadows. Elsevier, Amsterdam

Sakai, A., Larcher, W. (1987): Frost survival of plants. Springer, Berlin

Salisbury, F. B. (1996): Units, symbols, and terminology for plant physiology. Oxford Univ. Press, New York

Salisbury, F. B., Ross, C. W. (1992): Plant Physiology. 4th ed.,Wadsworth, Belmont,

Schulze, E.-D. (1982): Plant life forms and their carbon, water and nutrient relations. In: Lange, O.L., Nobel, P. S., Osmond, C. B., Ziegler, H. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Plant Physiology 12B, pp. 615-676. Springer, Berlin

Schulze, E-D., Beck, E., Müller-Hohenstein, K. (2005): Plant Ecology. Springer, Berlin

Turner, N. C. (1979): Drought resistance and adaptation to water deficits in crop plants. In: Mussell, H., Staples, R. C. (eds.): Stress physiology in crop plants, pp. 343-372. Wiley, New York

Uchijima, Z., Seino, H. (1987): Distribution maps of net primary productivity of natural vegetation and related climatic elements on continents. Natl. Inst .Agro-Environm. Sci., Yatabe

van Bel, A.J.E. (2003): Phloem transport: the collective power of single modules. In: Larcher, W.: Physiological Plant Ecology - Box 2.2. 4th ed., Springer, Berlin

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Restoration Ecology

Recommendations by: Dr. Ariel E. Lugo. Director of the USDA Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Puerto Rico

Journal papers

Evans, F. 1956. Ecosystem as the basic unit in ecology. Science 123:1127-1128.

Ewel, J. J. 1980. Tropical succession: manifold routes to maturity. Biotropica 12 (supplement):2-7.

Odum, H. T. 1988. Self-organization, transformity, and information. Science 242:1132-1139.

Wunderle, J. M. 1997. The role of animal seed dispersal in accelerating native forest regeneration on degraded tropical lands. Forest Ecology and Management 99:223-235.


Bradshaw, A. D. 1987. Reclamation of derelict land and the ecology of ecosystems. Pages 53-74 in W. R. Jordan-III, M. E. Gilpin, and J. D. Aber, editors. Restoration ecology: a synthetic approach to ecological research. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England.

Ewel, J. J. 1987. Restoration is the ultimate test of ecological theory. Pages 31-33 in W. R. Jordan-III, M. E. Gilpin, and J. D. Aber, editors. Restoration ecology: a synthetic approach to ecological research. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England.

Majer, J. D., editor. 1989. Animals in primary succession. The role of animals in reclaimed lands. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England.

Odum, H. T. 1962. Man and the ecosystem. Pages 57-75 in P. E. Waggoner and J. D. Ovington, editors. Lockwood conference on the suburban forest and ecology. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CN.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Vascular Epiphytes

Recommendation by: PD Dr. Gerhard Zotz. Institute of Botany. University of Basel, Switzerland.

Journal articles

Cardelús, C., Colwell, R.K. & Watkins jr, J.E. (2006) Vascular epiphyte distribution patterns: explaining the mid-elevation richness peak. Journal of Ecology 94, 144.

Nadkarni, N.M. & Solano, R. (2002) Potential effects of climate change on canopy communities in a tropical cloud forest: an experimental approach. Oecologia 131, 580-586.

Zotz, G. & Hietz, P. (2001) The ecophysiology of vascular epiphytes: current knowledge, open questions. Journal of Experimental Botany 52, 2067-2078.

Ackerman, J.D., Sabat, A. & Zimmerman, J.K. (1996) Seedling establishment in an epiphytic orchid: an experimental study of seed limitation. Oecologia 106, 192-198.

Gentry, A.H. & Dodson, C.H. (1987) Diversity and biogeography of neotropical vascular epiphytes. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 74, 205-233.

Zotz, G. (2005) Vascular epiphytes in the temperate zones - a review. Plant Ecology 176, 173-183.


Benzing, D.H. (1990) Vascular epiphytes. General biology and related biota. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Benzing, D.H. (2000) Bromeliaceae - Profile of an adaptive radiation. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Other reviews (in Spanish)

Andrade, J.L., Graham, E.A. & Zotz, G. (2004) Determinantes morfofisiológicos y ambientales de la distribución de epífitas en el dosel de bosques. Fisiología Ecológica en Plantas (Cabrera, H.M. ed.), pp. 139-156. Ediciones Universitarias de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile.

Zotz, G. & Andrade, J.L. (2002) La ecología y la fisiología de las epífitas y las hemiepífitas. Ecología y Conservación de Bosques Neotropicales (Guariguata, M.R. & Kattan, G.H. eds.), pp. 271-296. Libro Universitario Regional del Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Ecology of Lianas

Recommendations by: Stefan Schnitzer. Assistant Professor. Department of Biological Sciences. University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Journal papers

Putz, F.E. 1984. The natural history of lianas on Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Ecology 65:1713-1724.

Schnitzer, S.A. and F. Bongers (2002). The ecology of lianas and their role in forests. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 17: 223-230.

Schnitzer, S.A. (2005). A mechanistic explanation for global patterns of liana abundance and distribution. The American Naturalist, 166: 262-276.

Pérez-Salicrup, D. R. and M. G. Barker. 2000. Effect of liana cutting on water potential and growth of Senna multijuga (Caesalpiniodae) trees in a Bolivian tropical forest. Oecologia. 124:369-475.

Gerwing, J.J., S.A. Schnitzer, R.J. Burnham, F. Bongers, J. Chave, S.J. DeWalt, C.E.N. Ewango, R. Foster, D. Kenfack, M. Martinez-Ramos, M. Parren, N. Parthasarathy, D.R. Perez-Salicrup, F.E. Putz, D.W. Thomas (2006). A standard protocol for censusing lianas. Biotropica 38: 256-261. (This paper provides detailed methods for liana sampling)

Phillips, O. L., R. Vásquez M., L. Arroyo, T. R. Baker, T. Killeen, S. L. Lewis, Y. Malhi, A. Monteagudo M., D. Neill, P. Nuñez V., M. Alexiades, C. Ceron, A. Di Fiore, T. Erwin, A. Jardim, W. Palacios, M. Saldias, and B. Vinceti. 2002. Increasing dominance of large lianas in Amazonian forests. Nature 418: 770-774.


Gentry, A.H. 1991. The distribution and evolution of climbing plants. Pages 3-49 in F.E. Putz and H.A. Mooney, eds. The Biology of Vines. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Putz, F.E. and H.A. Mooney. 1991. The Biology of Vines. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. (and citations within)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Classic papers in Community Ecology

Recommendations by: Stefan Schnitzer. Assistant Professor. Department of Biological Sciences. University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Journal Papers

Hairston, Smith, & Slobodkin 1960. Community structure, population control, and competition. American Naturalist 91: 421-425.

Connell, J.H. 1961. The influence of interspecific competition and other factors on the distribution of the barnacle Chthamalus stellatus. Ecology 42: 710-723.

Paine, R.T. 1966. Food web complexity and species diversity. American Naturalist 100: 65-75.

Janzen, D.H. 1970. Herbivores and the number of tree species in tropical forests. American Naturalist 104: 501-528.

Tilman, D. 1977. Resource competition between planktonic algae: an experimental and theoretical approach. Ecology 58: 338-348. (For more details on the R* theory, see

Tilman 1982: resource competition and community structure. Princeton University Press.

Connell, J.H. 1978. Diversity in tropical rainforests and coral reefs. Science 199: 1302-1310.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Tropical forest ecology and regeneration

Recommendations by: Professor Robin L. Chazdon. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. The University of Connecticut.

Journal papers

Augspurger, C. K. 1984. Seedling survival of tropical tree species: interactions of dispersal distance, light-gaps, and pathogens. Ecology 65: 1705-1712.

Bazzaz, F. A. 1979. The physiological ecology of plant succession. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 10: 351-371.

Chapin, F. S. I., Walker, B. H., Hobbs, R. J., Hooper, D. U., Lawton, J. H., Sala, O. E. & Tilman, D. 1997. Biotic control over the functioning of ecosystems. Science 277: 500-504.

Coley, P. D., Bryant, J. P. & Chapin, F. S. I. 1985. Resource availability and antiherbivore defense. Science 230: 895-899.

Grubb, P. J. 1977. The maintenance of species richness in plant communities: the importance of the regeneration niche. Biol. Rev. 52: 107-145.

Westoby, M., Falster, D. S., Moles, A. T., Vesk, P. A. & Wright, I. J. 2002. Plant ecological strategies: Some leading dimensions of variations between species. Annual Review of Ecology & Systematics 33: 125-159.


Laurance, W. F. & R. O. J. Bierregaard, Eds., 1997. Tropical Forest Remnants. The University of Chicago Press. Chicago, IL.

Press, M. C., J. D. Scholes & M. A. Barker, Eds.. 1999. Physiological Plant Ecology. Blackwell Scientific. Oxford.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Plant Ecology / General Topics

Recommendations by: Hans Lambers. Head of School of Plant Biology. The University of Western Australia.

Journal Papers

Lambers, H. & Poorter, H. 1992. Inherent variation in growth rate between higher plants: A search for physiological causes and ecological consequences. Adv. Ecol. Res. 22: 187-261.

Aerts, R., Chapin, F.S. III 2000.- The mineral nutrition of wild plants revisited: a re-evaluation of processes and patterns Adv. Ecol. Res. 30: 1-67.

Graham, J.H. & Miller, R.M. 2005. Mycorrhizas: Gene to function. Plant Soil 266:79-100.

Shane, M.W. & Lambers, H. 2005. Cluster roots: A curiosity in context. Plant Soil 266: 101-126.

Vessey, J.K ., Pawlowski, K. , Bergman, B. 2005. N2-fixing symbiosis: legumes, actinorhizal plants, and cycads. Plant Soil 266: 205 - 230.