Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology: Understanding Element Cyclesby Goran I. Agren, Ernesto Bosatta
Pub. Date: 08/28/2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The cycling of elements such as carbon and nitrogen is of central importance in ecology, particularly when humans are causing changes to nutrient cycles on a global scale. This book develops a rigorous mathematical framework to illustrate how nutrient cycles operate and interact in plants and soils, forming the foundations of a new ecosystem theory. Powerful predictions can be generated covering a wide range of ecological phenomena related to nutrient cycling from a few basic equations. These predictions are tested extensively against field and laboratory studies of agricultural and forest ecosystems.
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Table of ContentsPreface; List of important symbols; Part I. Prelude: 1. Introduction; 2. Element cycling; 3. Part II. The Soil: 3. Theory for homogeneous substrates; 4. Theory for heterogeneous substrates; 5. Carbon and nitrogen - applications; 6. Carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur - applications; 7. Interactions with abiotic factors; Part III. The Plant: 8. Theory for plant growth; 9. Plant growth - applications and extensions; Part IV. The Ecosystem: 10. Elements of an ecosystem theory; 11. Ecosystems - applications; 12. Quality - bridge between plant and soil; Epilogue; Appendices; References; Solutions to selected problems; Index.
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