Modern Ecology

1st Edition

Basic and Applied Aspects

Editors: G. Esser D. Overdieck
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444891839
eBook ISBN: 9781483291253
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 21st August 1991
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This book is based on many case studies in the broad area of ecological studies and is derived from numerous sources originating from several countries. The book begins with discussions on morphology, stand structure, competition, mass and water balance at the stand level of vegetation as well as mineral cycles. A section deals with disturbances and management of agricultural as well as semi-natural systems. With the input of several authors, zoologists, botanists and geographers, detail is given to the eutrophication and pollution in terrestrial ecosystems. Included as well are discussions on the carbon cycle as it relates to current climate change and modern methods of remote sensing and geographical modelling. The book concludes with a chapter on urban and landscape ecology. The main feature of this book is that it includes most methods and tasks of modern ecology using case studies and incorporating all levels of integration from single plants and animals to populations and ecosystems.

Table of Contents

Preface. Editorial advisors. List of contributors. I. MORPHOLOGY, STAND STRUCTURE, AND COMPETITION. 1. Morphology in modern ecological research (W. Eber). 2. Vegetation structure, phytomass and phenology of the dry thorn scrub of Curaçao, West Indies (M.J.A. Werger, C. de Bok and B. Oranje). 3. Structure and phytomass production of a pioneer community (M. Jochimsen and D. Janzen). 4. Survival and growth beneath and near parents: The case of Myrcianthes fragrans (Myrtaceae) (D.F. Whigham and E. Cabrera Cano). 5. Colonizing success in plants: Genetic variation and phenotypic plasticity in life history traits in Capsella bursa-pastoris (H. Hurka and B. Neuffer). 6. Niches of longevity and stress (F. Klötzli). II. MASS AND WATER BALANCES AT STAND LEVEL 7. Plasticity of the photosynthetic production of Galium aparine L. (W.L. Kutsch and L. Kappen). 8. Diversity of photosynthetic responses in the mesic and arid Mediterranean-type climate regions of southern Africa (M.C. Rutherford). 9. The combination of measurements and mathematical modelling for assessing canopy structure effects (U. Tappeiner and A. Cernusca). 10. The water balance of deciduous forests: methods and models (B. Saugier and J.-Y. Pontailler). 11. Combination effects of water and salt stress on growth, hydration and pigment composition in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.): A mathematical modelling approach (K.H. Kreeb and T. Chen). 12. Ecosystem research on grassland in the Austrian Alps and in the Central Caucasus (A. Cernusca). III. MINERALS AND VEGETATION-SOIL INTERACTIONS 13. Multi-element analysis in plant material (B. Markert). 14. Significance of nutrient relations and symbiosis for the competitive interaction between grasses and legumes in tropical savannas (E. Medina and B. Bilbao). 15. Correlations between the microbial activity, and water, air, temperature and nutrient status of different soils under different


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About the Editor

G. Esser

Affiliations and Expertise

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria

D. Overdieck

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute for Ecology, Technical University, Berlin, FRG.