Old Fields: Dynamics and Restoration of Abandoned Farmland

Overview

Land abandonment is increasing as human influence on the globe intensifies and various ecological, social, and economic factors conspire to force the cessation of agriculture and other forms of land management. The “old fields” that result from abandonment have been the subject of much study, yet few attempts have been made to examine the larger questions raised by old field dynamics.

 

Old Fields brings together leading experts from around the world to synthesize past and ...

See more details below
Paperback (1)
$42.16
BN.com price
(Save 6%)$45.00 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (9) from $22.98   
  • New (5) from $33.82   
  • Used (4) from $22.98   
Old Fields: Dynamics and Restoration of Abandoned Farmland

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$22.99
BN.com price
(Save 42%)$39.99 List Price

Overview

Land abandonment is increasing as human influence on the globe intensifies and various ecological, social, and economic factors conspire to force the cessation of agriculture and other forms of land management. The “old fields” that result from abandonment have been the subject of much study, yet few attempts have been made to examine the larger questions raised by old field dynamics.

 

Old Fields brings together leading experts from around the world to synthesize past and current work on old fields, providing an up-to-date perspective on the ecological dynamics of abandoned land. The book gives readers a broad understanding of why agricultural land is abandoned, the factors that determine the ecological recovery of old fields, and how this understanding contributes to theoretical and applied ecology.

 

Twelve case studies from diverse geographical and climatic areas—including Australian rainforest, Brazilian Amazonia, New Jersey piedmont, and South African renosterveld—offer a global perspective on the causes and results of land abandonment. Concluding chapters consider the similarities and differences among the case studies, examine them in the context of ecological concepts, and discuss their relevance to the growing field of restoration ecology.

 

Old Fields is the first book to draw together studies on old fields from both a theoretical and practical perspective. It represents an important contribution to the development of theory on old field dynamics and the practice of ecological restoration on abandoned farmland, and the broader implications of old field dynamics to ecology and restoration.
 

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Professor, Department of Natural Resources, Cranfield University, UK - Jim Harris

"The lessons to be learned from the study of old field succession are important for both ecology in general and restoration ecology in particular. This volume presents a sound conceptual framework with discussion of the socioeconomic causes of land abandonment skillfully interwoven with case histories from around the globe. It is an invaluable addition to the SER series, and important for researchers, students, and practitioners. I recommend it without reservation."
Professor, Department of Conservation Ecology, Stellenbosch University, South Af - Suzanne J. Milton

"Agriculturally transformed land is being abandoned as economics and lifestyles change globally, and in all sorts of ecosystems. In Old Fields, the editors use cases from around the world to compare theoretical models of old field vegetation change with reality, challenging us to know when benign neglect or active restoration will maximize the ecological or socioeconomic values of old field ecosystems."
author of Demons in Eden: The Paradox of Plant Diversity - Jonathan Silvertown

"Conservation of plant communities often boils down to managing succession. Nowhere is this more obviously true than in old fields. This book powerfully illustrates the great variety of patterns and processes that take place in abandoned agricultural land around the globe. It is an invaluable guide to how nature beats ploughshares into swards."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

Viki A. Cramer is an ecologist in the School of Environmental Science at Murdoch University in Western Australia, where she teaches environmental restoration.

Richard J. Hobbs is Australian Professorial Fellow at Murdoch University, fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and editor-in-chief of the journal Restoration Ecology.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
 
Chapter 1. Why Old Fields? Socioeconomic and Ecological Causes and Consequences of Land Abandonment
 
PART I. Old Fields and the Development of Ecological Concepts
Chapter 2. Old Field Succession: Development of Concepts
Chapter 3. Old Fields as Complex Systems: New Concepts for Describing the Dynamics of Abandoned Farmland
 
PART II. Case Studies from Around the World
Chapter 4. Implications of Land Use History for Natural Forest Regeneration and Restoration Strategies in Puerto Rico
Chapter 5. Processes Affecting Succession in Old Fields of Brazilian Amazonia
Chapter 6. Old Field Vegetation Succession in the Neotropics
Chapter 7. Patterns and Processes of Old Field Reforestation in Australian Rain Forest Landscapes
Chapter 8. Succession on the Piedmont of New Jersey and Its Implications for Ecological Restoration
Chapter 9. Succession and Restoration in Michigan Old Field Communities
Chapter 10. Old Field Succession in Central Europe: Local and Regional Patterns
Chapter 11. Dynamics and Restoration of Abandoned Farmland and Other Old Fields in Southern France
Chapter 12. Land Abandonment and Old Field Dynamics in Greece
Chapter 13. Old Field Dynamics on the Dry Side of the Mediterranean Basin: Patterns and Processes in Semiarid Southeast Spain
Chapter 14. Restoration of Old Fields in Renosterveld: A Case Study in a Mediterranean-type Shrubland of South Africa
Chapter 15. Prospects for the Recovery of Native Vegetation in Western Australian Old Fields
 
PART III. Synthesis: Old Field Dynamics and Restoration
Chapter 16. Old Field Dynamics: Regional and Local Differences, and Lessons for Ecology and Restoration
 
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)