Plants in Changing Environments : Linking Physiological, Population, and Community Ecology

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Plants in Changing Environments : Linking Physiological, Population, and Community Ecology

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  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521398435
  • DDC分類 581.524

Full Description

Forces of nature and human intervention lead to innumerable local, regional and sometimes global changes in plant community patterns. Irrespective of the causes and the intensity of change, ecosystems are often naturally able to recover most of their attributes through natural succession. In this thoughtful and provocative new book, Fakhri Bazzaz integrates and synthesises information on how disturbance changes the environment, how species function, coexist, and share or compete for resources in populations and communities, and how species replace each other over successional time. Furthermore, the book shows how a diverse array of plant species have been used to examine fundamental questions in plant ecology by integrating physiological, population and community ecology. Graduate students and research workers in plant ecology, global change, conservation and restoration will find the perspective and analysis offered by this book an exciting contribution to the development of our understanding of plant successional change.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    ix
Introduction and background 1 (13)
Plant strategies, models, and successional 14 (24)
change: a resource-response perspective
Community composition and trends of dominance 38 (23)
and diversity in successional ecosystems
The environment of successional plants: 61 (21)
disentangling causes and consequences
Recruitment in successional habitats: general 82 (26)
trends and specific differences
How do plants interact with each other? 108(20)
Plant-plant interactions and successional 128(19)
Interaction and the evolution of response 147(26)
breadths and niches
Ecological and genetic variation in 173(18)
early-successional plants
Coping with a variable environment: habitat 191(15)
selection and response flexibility
Physiological trends of successional plants 206(17)
Crossing the scales: can we predict community 223(16)
composition from individual species response?
From fields to forests: forest dynamics and 239(25)
regeneration in a changing environment
Succession and global change: will there be a 264(16)
shift towards more early-successional systems?
References 280(33)
Index 313