Ecological Limits and Climate Change

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Plants at the Margin

Ecological Limits and Climate Change

Plants at the limits of their distribution are likely to be particularly affected by climate change. Biogeography, demography, reproductive biology, physiology and genetics all provide cogent explanations as to why limits occur where they do. The book brings together these different avenues of enquiry, in a form that is suited to students, researchers and anyone with an interest in the impact of climate change. Margins are by their very nature environmentally unstable — does it therefore follow that plant populations adapted for life in such areas will prove to be pre-adapted to withstand the changes that may be brought about by a warmer world? This and other questions are explored concerning the changes that may already be taking place on this planet. Numerous illustrations are included to remind us that knowledge of the existence of plants in their natural environment is essential to our understanding of their function and ecology in a changing world.

R. M. M. Crawford has taught and researched at the University of St Andrews since 1962, pursuing the study of plant responses to the environment in a wide range ofhabitats in Scotland, Scandinavia, North and South America and the Arctic. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Linnean Society and an associate member of the Belgian Royal Academy.

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