In this second edition, the structure of the book has been completely revised, moving from the small scale to the large scale, in keeping with contemporary teaching methods. This fresh approach allows consideration of several new and important topics such as plant secondary chemistry, herbivory, sex, and breeding systems. Additional chapters address topical applied issues in plant ecology including global warming, pollution and biodiversity.
Preface to the Second Edition.
Preface to the First Edition.
Photosynthesis (Harold A Mooney and James R Ehleringer).
Plant Water Relations (John Grace).
Nutrient acquisition (Alastair Fitter).
Life History and Environment (Michael J Crawley).
Plant Secondary Metabolism (Jeffrey B Harborne).
Sex (Michael J Crawley).
Seed Dormancy (Mark Rees).
Mechanisms of Plant Competition (David Tilman).
Ecology of Pollination and Seed Dispersal (Henry F Howe and Lynn C Westley).
Plant Chemistry and Herbivory, or Why the World is Green (Susan E Hartley and Clive G Jones).
The Structure of Plant Populations (Michael J Hutchings).
Plant Population Dynamics (Andrew R Watkinson).
Plant–Herbivore Dynamics (Michael J Crawley).
The Structure of Plant Communities (Michael J Crawley).
Dynamics of Plant Communities (Stephen W Pacala).
Plants in Trophic Webs (James P Grover and Robert D Holt).
Plants and Pollution (Mike Ashmore).
Climate Change and Vegetation (J Philip Grime).
Biodiversity (Michael J Crawley).
"The first edition of the book was one of the most successful publishing events in the field of plant ecology in the 1980s. As the new edition seems to be improved in several directions it has a good chance to become a benchmark text in plant ecology even at the beginning of the new millennium. I can recommend it to anybody who wants to refresh his/her knowledge on the particular topic of plant ecology and as a supplementary text to students of a general ecology course." Leos Klimes, Folia Geobotanica, 2002, (37)