Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: October 1, 2008
Publication Date: December 1, 2009
Citation: Tarara, J.M. 2009. Book Review: Plant Growth and Climate Change. HortScience. 43:2269-2270. Technical Abstract: The technical book "Plant Growth and climate Change" (2006. James I.L. Morison and M.D. Morecroft, Eds. Blackwell Publishing. 213 pp.) was reviewed for the scientific readership of the peer-reviewed journal HortScience. The text is well organized into nine independently-authored chapters each of which addresses a major theme connecting plant growth to a primary environmental factor: temperature, atmospheric carbon dioxide, water, nitrogen. As one would expect from diverse teams of authors, chapters vary in clarity of discussion and written tone. Most authors achieved an admirable degree of synthesis around concepts that are neither simple nor necessarily straightforward. There is substantial reliance in some chapters on self-citation; sections vary in the balance between comprehensive review and the authors' own data. As a whole, the text is a useful compilation for the researcher seeking a focused survey of this series of topics, but the book's retail price would make it very difficult to justify it as a required text for graduate students.