Ecology of Woodlands and Forests: Description, Dynamics and Diversity

Ecology of Woodlands and Forests: Description, Dynamics and Diversity

by Peter Thomas, John Packham
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052183452X

ISBN-13: 9780521834520

Pub. Date: 08/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Taking a functional rather than an ecosystem or a utilitarian approach, Thomas and Packham provide a concise account of the structure of woodlands and forests. Using examples from around the world - from polar treelines to savannahs to tropical rain forests - the authors explain the structure of the soil and the hidden world of the roots; how the main groups of

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Taking a functional rather than an ecosystem or a utilitarian approach, Thomas and Packham provide a concise account of the structure of woodlands and forests. Using examples from around the world - from polar treelines to savannahs to tropical rain forests - the authors explain the structure of the soil and the hidden world of the roots; how the main groups of organisms which live within them interact both positively and negatively. There is particular emphasis on woodland and forest processes, especially those involving the flow and cycling of nutrients, as well as the dynamics of wooded areas, considering how and why they have changed through geological time and continue to do so. This clear, non-technical, 2007 text will be of interest to undergraduates, foresters, ecologists and land managers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521834520
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2007
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.18(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction: forest basics; 2. Forest soils, climate and zonation; 3. Primary production and forest development; 4. Reproductive strategies of forest plants; 5. Biotic interactions; 6. Biodiversity in woodlands; 7. Decomposition and renewal; 8. Energy and nutrients; 9. Forest change and disturbance; 10. Working forests; 11. The future - how will our forests change?; References.

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