Plants In Action Edition 1

Plants in Action is a plant physiology textbook written and published by the Australian Society of Plant Scientists, New Zealand Society of Plant Biologists, and New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science. This is a free, peer-reviewed on-line publication resource for plant science teaching and research.

Plants in Action explores the principles underlying plant biology in natural and managed communities. It is prepared for teaching and learning by higher level undergraduates in tertiary institutes. Postgraduate students as well as professional plant scientists will also find much useful source material in this textbook that is richly illustrated with original data.

Plants in Action, 1st Edition. The entire text contains 20 chapters and 900 figures. The original hard copy edition was published by Macmillan in 1999, and the electronic version published by the plant science societies in 2010. Click here to go straight to the title page of Plants in Action, first edition. Alternate link here. First edition chapters are available as a PDF below.

Plants in Action, 2nd Edition. A fully revised second edition is underway, and seven chapters have been revised and uploaded. These include the fundamental processes of photosynthesis, respiration, growth analysis, phloem transport, and fruit development. Chapters on environmental biology include effects of temperature and water logging on plant growth. Click here to go directly to the second edition or ASPS web page with web links to revised chapters and printable pdf’s.

 

First edition

First edition  Plants in Action Edition 1 contents link  printable PDF

First edition  Chapter 1 Light use and leaf gas exchange link    printable  PDF

First edition  Chapter 2   Carbon dioxide assimilation and respiration link    printable PDF

First edition  Chapter 3 Water movement in plants link    printable PDF

First edition  Chapter 4 Nutrient uptake from soils link  printable  PDF

First edition  Chapter 5 Phloem transport link  printable  PDF

First edition  Chapter 6 Growth analysis: a quantitative approach link   printable PDF

First edition  Chapter 7  Plant growth and options for reproduction link printable PDF

First edition  Chapter 8  Physical cues for growth and reproduction link  printable PDF

First edition  Chapter 9  Plant hormones : chemical signalling in plant development link  printable PDF

First edition Chapter 10  Differentiation and gene expression link   printable PDF

First edition  Chapter 11 Fruit growth, ripening and post-harvest physiology link  printable  PDF

First edition  Chapter 12 Sunlight and plant production link

First edition  Chapter 13 Carbon dioxide: a universal substrate link  printable  PDF

First edition  Chapter 14 Temperature: a driving force for plant growth and acclimation link

First edition  Chapter 15  Water: a limiting factor link  printable  PDF

First edition  Chapter 16  Nutrients: a sparse resource link printable PDF

First edition  Chapter 17  Salt: an environmental stress link printable PDF

First edition  Chapter 18 Waterlogging and submergence link

First edition  Chapter 19  Fire: an ecosystem sculpture link  printable PDF

First edition  Chapter 20 Herbicide resistance: a case of rapid evolution link   printable PDF