307 pages, 8 plates with 12 colour photos and colour illustrations; b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables
Asian tropical forests are amongst the most diverse on the planet, a richness that belies the fact that they are dominated by a single family of trees, the Dipterocarpaceae. Many other families contribute to Asia's natural diversity, but few compare to the dipterocarps in terms of the number and variety of species that occupy the forest canopy. Understanding the ecology and dynamics of Asian forests is therefore, to a large extent, a study of the Dipterocarpaceae. Dipterocarp Biology, Ecology, and Conservation synthesises our current knowledge concerning dipterocarps, exploring the family through taxonomic, evolutionary, and biogeographic perspectives.
Dipterocarp Biology, Ecology, and Conservation describes the rich variety of dipterocarp forest formations in both the ever-wet and seasonal tropics, including the less well known African and South American species. Detailed coverage of dipterocarp reproductive ecology and population genetics reflects the considerable research devoted to this subject, and its particular importance in shaping the ecology of Asian lowland rain forests. Ecophysiological responses to light, water, and nutrients, which underlie mechanisms that maintain dipterocarp species richness, are also addressed. At broader scales, dipterocarp responses to variation in soil, topography, climate, and natural disturbance regimes are explored from both population and community perspectives. Dipterocarp Biology, Ecology, and Conservation concludes with a consideration of the crucial economic values of dipterocarps, and their extensive exploitation, discussing future opportunities for conservation and restoration.
This will be a useful resource for senior undergraduate and graduate courses in tropical forest ecology and management, as well as professional researchers in tropical plant ecology, forestry, geography, and conservation biology.
2: Description and Identity
3: Distribution and Formations
4: Evolution and Biogeography
5: Reproduction and Population Genetics
6: Light acquisition
7: Water Relations
9: Population and disturbance dynamics
10: Community Ecology
11: Exploitation, Conservation, and Restoration
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Jaboury Ghazoul is a tropical plant ecologist. He enjoys nothing more than being in the field, trying to figure out why plants do the things they do, and are the way they are. He also spends a good deal of his time applying his ecological expertise to societal challenges, ranging from conservation to sustainable food production. He is Professor of Ecosystem Management at ETH Zurich, and holder of the Prince Bernhard Chair in International Nature Conservation at Utrecht University. He was President of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation in 2015, and Editor of Biotropica from 2006 to 2013. He is the author of two other OUP books, Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation, and Forests: A Very Short Introduction.