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Some Mathematical Questions in Biology--Plant Biology
Edited by: Louis J. Gross and Robert M. Miura

Lectures on Mathematics in the Life Sciences
1986; 267 pp; softcover
Volume: 18
ISBN-10: 0-8218-1168-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-1168-9
List Price: US$59
Member Price: US$47.20
Order Code: LLSCI/18
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Distinguishing itself among other books on mathematics in plant biology, this book is unique in that it presents a broad overview of how plant biologists are currently utilizing mathematics in their research, and the only one to particularly emphasize plant ecology. Each article is unified by an attempt to tie models at one level of organization to an understanding at other levels. This approach strengthens the connections between theoretical development and observable biology, facilitating the testing of new predictions.

Intended for mathematicians, plant biologists and ecologists alike, this book requires only a basic knowledge of differential equations, linear algebra and mathematical modeling; a knowledge of plant biology is helpful. Readers will gain a perspective on what types of biological systems can benefit from mathematical treatment and an appreciation of the current important problems in plant biology.


Table of Contents

  • K. J. Niklas -- Computer simulations of branching-patterns and their implications on the evolution of plants
  • R. H. Rand and J. L. Ellenson -- Dynamics of stomate fields in leaves
  • J. H. M. Thornley and I. R. Johnson -- Modelling plant processes and crop growth
  • L. J. Gross -- Photosynthetic dynamics and plant adaptation to environmental variability
  • H. Caswell -- Life cycle models for plants
  • J. Roughgarden -- Models of population processes for plants
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