The Production Ecology of Wetlands: The IBP Synthesis

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Wetlands are unique and fragile environments that provide a transition between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Focusing on freshwater wetlands with emergent vegetation, this book considers productivity in relation to communities of animals and plants and their environments, mineral cycling, hydrology, and management. The contributors emphasize the biological interactions and processes underlying the structure and functioning of wetlands, revealing the need to appreciate the dynamics of the system to establish appropriate management and conservation practices. Based largely on research carried out during the International Biological Programme, this unique synthesis brings together a wealth of information, which until now had been widely dispersed in the literature and often difficult to locate. This comprehensive volume will be an important resource for all those concerned with the ecology, management and conservation of these sensitive natural habitats.

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"Well-organized as a synoptic review of our understanding to-date about productivity of wetlands. A fine review of the scattered technical literature...A long-awaited volume." Northeastern Naturalist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521113304
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/18/2009
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. General ecology of wetlands S. Hejny, S. Segal and I. Raspopov; 2. Primary production D. Westlake, J. Kvet, D. Dykyjová, E. Marshall and J. Ondok; 3. Further fate of organic matter J. Day Jr, E. Pieczynska and B. Úlehlová; 4. Role of decomposers in wetland B. Úlehlová; 5. The role of animals and animal communities in wetlands J. Dvorák, G. Imhof, J. Day Jr, R. Hacker, J. Holcík, K. Hudec, J. Pelikán and E. Opatrny; 6. Mineral economy and cycling of minerals D. Dykyjová and B. Úlehová; 7. Microclimate conditions and water economy of wetland vegetation J. Królikowska, P. Smíd and K. Pribán; 8. Management of wetlands S. Haslam, F. Klötzli, H. Sukopp and A. Szczepanski; Index.

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