Tropical Forests - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123535504, 9780080984452

Tropical Forests

1st Edition

Botanical Dynamics, Speciation & Diversity

Authors: Author Unknown
eBook ISBN: 9780080984452
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1989
Page Count: 380
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Proceedings of a conference on Tropical Forests: Botanical Dynamics, Speciation and Diversity held at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, August 8*ba10, 1988. The increasing rate of destruction of the world's tropical forests gives grave cause for concern on several counts. In conservative terms, species are being lost at an incredible rate, many before they have even been described. In scientific terms, habitats, communities, and unique systems are lost before they can be studied and used to broaden our understanding of ecological processes in general. The meeting on which this book is based aimed to address two basic needs: to describe some of the marvellous biological treasures of tropical forests and to learn what they can tellus about processes in ecology, and to alert us all once again to the disaster which is overtaking this rich and varied environment.


Researchers in botany, ecology, and conservation biology.

Table of Contents

Dynamics: R.A.A. Oldermann, Dynamics in Tropical Rain Forests. G. Irion, Quaternary Geological History of the Amazon Lowlands. J. Salo and M. Radasadanen, Hierarchy of Landscape Patterns in Western Amazon. W.J. Junk, Flood Tolerance and Tree Distribution in Central Amazonian Floodplains. G.S. Hartshorn, Gap-phase Dynamics and Tropical Tree Species Richness. E.F. Bruenig and Y-W. Huang, Patterns of Tree Species DIversity and Canopy Structure and Dynamics in Humid, Tropical, Evergreen Forests on Borneo and in China. D. Barthaaelaaemy, C. Edelin, and F. Hall*aae, Architectural Concepts for Tropical Trees. M.D. Swaine, Population Dynamics of Tree Species in Tropical Forests. Speciation: A.H. Gentry, Speciation in Tropical Forests. R. Geesink and D.J. Kornet, Speciation and Malesian Leguminosae. J. Dransfield, Speciation Patterns in the Palms of Madagascar. L. Andersson, An Evolutionary Scenario for the Genus Heliconia. Z-Y. Chen, Evolutionary Patterns in Cytology and Pollen Structure of Asian Zingiberaceae. K. Iwatsuki, Speciation in the Asplenium Unilaterale Complex. B. Hansen, Justicia and Rungia (Acanthaceae) in the Indo-Chinese Peninsula. R.R. Haynes and L.B. Holm-Nielsen, Speciation of Alismatidae in the Neotropics. R.M. Polhill, Speciation Patterns in African Loranthaceae. Diversity: P.S. Ashton, Species Richness in Tropical Forests. D.B. Sumithraarachchi, Sri Lankan Forests: Diversity and Genetic Resources. R. Spichiger and L. Ramella, The Forests of the Paraguayan Chaco. O. Huber, Shrublands of the Venezuelan Guayana. H. Balslev and S.S. Renner, Ecuadorean Forests East of the Andes. J.L. Luteyn, Speciation and Diversity of Ericaceae in Neotropical Montane Vegitation. C. Feuillet, Diversity and Distribution of Guianan Passifloraceae. S.A. Mori, Diversity of Lecythidaceae in the Guianas. Past, Present and Future: F. Ortiz-Crespo, The Future of Tropical Forests. K. Larsen, Danish Botanists in the Tropics--Tropical Botany in Denmark. S. Castroviejo, Spanish Floristic Exploration in America: Past and Present. V.K.S. Shukla and I.C. Nielsen, Diversity of Minor Tropical Tree Crops and Their Importance for the Industrial World. P.H. Raven, Synthesis of the Symposium. Index.


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@qu:A neat and comprehensive package, pointing out areas for further research and calling for even greater devotion to learning about the tropical forest. @source:--TROPICAL FOREST PROGRAMME NEWSLETTER @qu:Tropical Forests: Botanical Dynamics, Speciation, and Diversity provides an abundance of the types of data and analyses that must underpin programmes for conservation and suitable use. @source:--NATURE

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