Plants In Action

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.


Plants in Action Edition 1 contents  PDF

Chapter 1 Light use and leaf gas exchange       PDF

Chapter 2   Carbon dioxide assimilation and respiration  PDF

Chapter 3 Water movement in plants  PDF

Chapter 4 Nutrient uptake from soils  PDF

Chapter 5 Phloem transport    PDF

Chapter 6 Growth analysis: a quantitative approach    PDF

Chapter 7  Plant growth and options for reproduction  PDF

Chapter 8  Physical cues for growth and reproduction  PDF

Chapter 9  Plant hormones : chemical signalling in plant development  PDF

Chapter 10  Differentiation and gene expression    PDF

Chapter 11 Fruit growth, ripening and post-harvest physiology    PDF

Chapter 12 Sunlight and plant production

Chapter 13 Carbon dioxide: a universal substrate    PDF

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

Chapter 15  Water: a limiting factor    PDF

Chapter 16  Nutrients: a sparse resource  PDF

Chapter 17  Salt: an environmental stress  PDF

Chapter 18 Waterlogging and submergence

Chapter 19  Fire: an ecosystem sculpture  PDF

Chapter 20 Herbicide resistance: a case of rapid evolution  PDF