Due to many issues related to long-term carbon dynamics, an improved understanding of the biology of C4 photosynthesis is required by more than the traditional audience of crop scientists, plant physiologists, and plant ecologists. This work synthesizes the latest developments in C4 biochemistry, physiology, systematics, and ecology. The book concludes with chapters discussing the role of C4 plants in the future development of the biosphere, particularly their interactive effects on soil, hydrological, and atmospheric processes.
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Ecology of C4 Photosynthesis:S. Long, Environmental Responses.A. Knapp, Field Performance.L. Tiezen, Geography and Distribution.S. McNaughton and S. Heckathorn, Plant/Herbivore Interactions. The Evolution of C4 Photosynthesis:R. Monson, Biochemical Avenues to C4 Photosynthesis.P. Hattersley, Phylogeny of C4 Photosynthesis.T. Cerling, Paleorecords of C4 Evolution. C4 Plants and Humanity:H. Brown, Economic Impacts of C4 Plants.N. van der Merwe, C4 Plants and the Development of Human Societies.R. Sage and D. Wedin, The Future of C4 Photosynthesis.P. Hattersley, R. Sage, and R. Monson, Appendix: A List of the C4 Taxa of the World.