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Hawaii as a Natural Laboratory for Research on Climate and Plant Response

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Title:Hawaii as a Natural Laboratory for Research on Climate and Plant Response
Authors:Britten, E.J.
Date Issued:Apr 1962
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Britten EJ. 1962. Hawaii as a natural laboratory for research on climate and plant response. Pac Sci 16(2): 160-169.
Abstract:The interplay of genetic and environmental
forces has resulted in the process of evolution.
The distribution of indigenous plants is a product
of the genetic make-up of the successful invaders
of a particular area and the total physical
and biological environment of that area. Native
plants have achieved a point in which their
genetic constitution is in a certain degree of
harmony with their environment. Plants in extreme
latitudes, for example, have a genetic constitution
which few, if any, tropical plants possess
and so are able to withstand the low temperatures.
The successful cultivation of economic
plants is in even greater measure dependent
upon the harmonious interaction of the
plant's genes and its environment. One of the
most important components of the plant's environment
is climate.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 16, Number 2, 1962

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