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Introduction to Plant Physiology, 4th Edition

William G. Hopkins, Norman P. A. Hüner

ISBN: 978-0-470-46142-6 November 2008 528 Pages


Introduction to Plant Physiology became the best-selling first edition plant physiology text of the 1990's! Now, we're building on the success of prior editions to provide an even more effective fourth edition. Plant Physiology has been praised for its excellent balance of traditional and modern topics, presented in a straightforward style, without overwhelming undergraduates with excessive detail. Its focus is on the ideas and experimental approaches in plant physiology. This is a one-semester course. It assumes that the student has had introductory biology or botany as a pre-requisite.

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Chapter 1. Plant Cells and Water.

Chapter 2. Whole Plant Water Relations.

Chapter 3. Roots, Soils, and Nutrient Uptake.

Chapter 4. Plants and Inorganic Nutrients

Chapter 5. Bioenergetics and ATP Synthesis.

Chapter 6. The Dual Role of Sunlight: Energy and Information.

Chapter 7. Energy Conservation in Photosynthesis: Harvesting Sunlight.

Chapter 8. Energy Conservation in Photosynthesis: Co2 Assimilation.

Chapter 9. Allocation, Translocation, and Partitioning Of Photoassimilates.

Chapter 10. Cellular Respiration: Unlocking the Energy Stored In Photoassimilates.

Chapter 11. Nitrogen Assimilation.

Chapter 12. Carbon and Nitrogen Assimilation and Plant Productivity.

Chapter 13. Responses of Plants to Environmental Stress.

Chapter 14. Acclimation to Environmental Stress.

Chapter 15. Adaptations to the Environment.

Chapter 16. Development: An Overview.

Chapter 17. Growth and Development of Cells.

Chapter 18. Hormones I: Auxins.

Chapter 19. Hormones II: Gibberellins.

Chapter 20. Hormones III: Cytokinins.

Chapter 21. Hormones IV: Abscisic Acid, Ethylene, and Brassinosteroids.

Chapter 22. Photomorphogenesis: Responding To Light.

Chapter 23. Tropisms and Nastic Movements: Orienting Plants in Space.

Chapter 24. Measuring Time: Controlling Development by Photoperiod and Endogenous Clocks.

Chapter 25. Flowering and Fruit Development.

Chapter 26. Temperature: Plant Development and Distribution.

Chapter 27. Secondary Metabolism.

Appendix 1. Building Blocks: Lipids, Proteins, and Carbohydrates.



  • Now in Four Color.  For the first time ever, the book now has a four color illustration program to maximize student learning and understanding.
  • Renewed Introductory Focus.  Intent of the title is to serve the Introductory Student in a botanical program or for those schools that do not have botanical programs.
  • Chapters have now been placed into self contained units.  This allows faculty to use the text in which ever order of topics they prefer. 
  • New Chapter One.  Chapter One has been rewritten to reduce the detail of cell structure and present a more general review of plant organization – Cells, Tissues.
  • New Energy and Metabolism Section.  This section now contains 6 chapters: Thermodynamic Principles, Photosynthesis, Respiration, Nitrogen metabolism, Environmental regulation of metabolism, and Allocation and partitioning of photoassimilates.
  • Final Chapter on Integrated Systems.  This final chapter will discuss systems biology and include topics such as placsticity, epigentics, etc….
  • Lecture Powerpoint Presentations with embedded text art. 
"Hopkins is concise and straightforward, emphasizing the 'big picture.' It is readable and the figures are clearly described and support the text. Students who use Hopkins come away with a strong foundation in basic principles for a range of areas."--Donald P, Briskin, University of Illinois

"Writing style is a real strength of this book. The level of detail is just right and the language is easy to follow."--Clemson University

  • Complete presentation of basic concepts in plant physiology.
  • Excellent balance of basic concepts and modern topics. Complete and comprehensive presentation of the core course material with some discussion of experimental material to highlight modern topics.
  • Important examples and photographs are included in a beautiful, four-color section to enhance the visual nature of the text. These are crucial to student understanding of key concepts in the course.