Biodiversity and Savanna Ecosystem Processes: A Global Perspective

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Savannas are the most widespread ecosystem in the tropics and as such are subjected to great human pressure that may result in massive soil degradation.
The book addresses the role of species in the function of savanna ecosystems. It is shown that savannas are enormously diverse and that four factors determine the function of savanna ecosystems: Plant Available Moisture; Plant Available Nutrients; Fire; Herbivores.

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Overview

Savannas are the most widespread ecosystem in the tropics and as such are subjected to great human pressure that may result in massive soil degradation.
The book addresses the role of species in the function of savanna ecosystems. It is shown that savannas are enormously diverse and that four factors determine the function of savanna ecosystems: Plant Available Moisture; Plant Available Nutrients; Fire; Herbivores.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780387579498
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Series: Ecological Studies
  • Pages: 233
  • Product dimensions: 7.66 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Diversity of the Savanna Ecosystem 1
2 Determinants of Tropical Savannas 31
3 Biodiversity and Nutrient Relations in Savanna Ecosystems: Interactions Between Primary Producers, Soil Microorganisms, and Soils 45
4 Biodiversity and Water Relations in Tropical Savannas 61
5 Ecophysiological Aspects of the Invasion by African Grasses and Their Impact on Biodiversity and Function of Neotropical Savannas 79
6 Relationships Between Biotic Diversity and Primary Productivity in Savannas Grasslands 97
7 Biodiversity and Fire in the Savanna Landscape 121
8 Diversity of Herbivorous Insects and Ecosystem Processes 143
9 Biodiversity and Stability in Tropical Savannas 161
10 Biodiversity As Regulator of Energy Flow, Water Use, and Nutrient Cycling in Savannas
11 Biodiversity, Fire, and Herbivory in Tropical Savannas 197
12 Savanna Biodiversity and Ecosystem Properties
13 Summary and Conclusions 219
Subject Index 227
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