The Biology of Deserts

The Biology of Deserts

by David Ward
     
 

This book offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to desert ecology and adopts a strong evolutionary focus. As with other titles in the Biology of Habitats Series, the emphasis in the book is on the organisms that dominate this harsh environment, although theoretical and experimental aspects as well as conservation and desertification are also considered. See more details below

Overview

This book offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to desert ecology and adopts a strong evolutionary focus. As with other titles in the Biology of Habitats Series, the emphasis in the book is on the organisms that dominate this harsh environment, although theoretical and experimental aspects as well as conservation and desertification are also considered.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199211470
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/15/2009
Series:
Biology of Habitats Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Abiotic factors 11

3 Morphological and physiological adaptations of desert plants to the abiotic environment 29

4 Morphological, physiological, and behavioural adaptations of desert animals to the abiotic environment 66

5 The role of competition and facilitation in structuring desert communities 102

6 The importance of predation and parasitism 124

7 Plant-animal interactions in deserts 145

8 Desert food webs and ecosystem ecology 177

9 Biodiversity and biogeography of deserts 192

10 Human impacts and desertifiation 217

11 Conservation of deserts 246

References 269

Index 317

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