Biogeochemistry, Plant Growth and the Environment

CIM Bulletin, 1971

JOHN A. C. FORTESCUE, Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario

Details of the interactions between the environment and the growth of terrestrial plants may be complex and difficult to study. This paper foc usses attention on some of these complexities by means of six examples, each of which provides information on an aspect of the interaction between the growth rate of plants and the chemistry of the environment. The relationships which exist between the information obtained from these examples and the concepts of "holism" and "transfer rate problems" are pointed out and the importance of long-term biogeochemical studies in Canadian environments is stressed.
Keywords: biogeochemical, chemical elements, holism, Monitoring Atmospheric Sulphur Dioxide, systems ecology, Biogeochemistry, Chemicals, Concentration, Environment, experiment, Experiments, Growth, Nutrients, Plants, Systems