Plant Strategies, Vegetation Processes, and Ecosystem Properties

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 11, 2006 - Science - 456 pages
Plant Strategies, Vegetation Processes, and Ecosystem Properties, Second Edition, is a thoroughly updated and comprehensive new edition of the very successful Plant Strategies and Vegetative Processes, which controversially proposed the existence of widely-recurring plant functional types with predictable relationships to vegetation structure and dynamics.
This second edition uses evidence from many parts of the world to re-examine these concepts in the light of the enormous expansion in the literature.
Features include:
* A new section covering all aspects of ecosystem properties
* New chapters on
Assembling of Communities
Rarification and Extinction
Colonisation and Invasion
* Principles and methodologies of a range of international tests including case study examples
* Chapter summaries for a quick reference guide
* Index of species names
Written in a very readable style, this book is an invaluable reference source for researchers in the areas of plant, animal, and community ecology, conservation and land management.
'Written by one of the foremost authorities in the field, summarising over 35 years of research. A book all plant ecologists will want to read.' - Jonathan Silvertown, Department of Biological Sciences, The Open University, UK.
'The coverage is outstanding and comprehensive.' - Simon A. Levin, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton
University, USA
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Competitors
10
Ruderals
80
Predictions arising from the CSR model
87
Tests of the CSR model
94
Reconciliation of C S and Rselection with the theory of r
110
Secondary Strategies in the Established Phase
116
Stresstolerant ruderals
124
Success and failure in dominant plants
194
Introduction
199
II The matrix approach
213
a comparison
226
Primary succession
239
Changes in vegetation stability and species richness during secondary
254
Introduction
257
A general model
292

Triangular ordination hard and soft attributes
133
Types of regenerative strategy
139
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143
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153
The role of animals in regeneration
165
Regeneration failure
172
Dominance
179
Dominant effects of herbaceous perennials upon tree seedlings
187
Analogous phenomena involving animals
299
Two examples
305
Effects of plant strategies on trophic structure
311
Effects of plant strategies on productivity
322
Effects of plant strategies on stability and sustainability
335
References
349
Species list
404
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John Philip Grime FRS is a prominent British ecologist and emeritus professor at the University of Sheffield.

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