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Ecology and Conservation of Mountaintop Grasslands in Brazil

This is the sole scientifically based book on the rupestrian grassland ecosystem
With over 150 color photos this book graphically transports you to the most diverse ecosystem of the tropics
While the book presents a synthesis of knowledge of more than 120 years in the rupestrian grasslands, the impacts of climate and land use change is addressed in the Anthropocene

By: Geraldo Wilson Fernandes (Editor)

662 pages, 163 colour photos and colour illustrations, 35 tables


Hardback | Jun 2016 | #227758 | ISBN-13: 9783319298078
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NHBS Price: £117.00 $143/€131 approx

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Ecology and Conservation of Mountain-Top Grasslands in Brazil is a pioneer attempt to bring forward the first synthesis on the most diverse and threatened mountain top vegetation of South America, the rupestrian grasslands. It brings to light the state of the art information on this ecosystem geology, soil formation and distribution, environmental filters that lead to biodiversity, species interactions and their fine tuned adaptations to survive the harsh mountain environment. The human dimensions of the rupestrian grassland are also addressed, including the anthropogenic threats that may irreversibly impact biodiversity and ecosystem services. Ecology and Conservation of Mountain-Top Grasslands in Brazil also highlights the ongoing studies on ecological restoration and first attempt to model the impacts of climate change on its speciose biota.


1. The Megadiverse Rupestrian Grassland
2. The Physical Environment of Rupestrian Grasslands (Campos Rupestres) in Brazil: Geological, geomorphological and pedological characteristics, and interplays
3. Soils associated with rupestrian grasslands
4. Thermic and hydric dynamics of Ironstone (Canga) and Quartzite Rupestrian Grasslands in the Quadrilatero Ferrifero: the ecological importance of water
5. Water resources in the rupestrian grasslands of the Espinhaco Mountains
6. Rupestrian grassland vegetation, diversity and origin
7. Archipelago of montane forests surrounded by rupestrian grasslands: new insights and perspectives
8. Arbuscular mycorrhiza and endophytic fungi in ruspestrian grasslands
9. Succession on the rocky outcrop vegetation: a rupestrian grassland scheme
10. Seed Germination Ecology in Rupestrian Grasslands
11. Ecophysiology of campos rupestres plants
12. Phenology patterns across a rupestrian grassland altitudinal gradient
13. Mutualistic interactions among free-living species in Rupestrian Grasslands
14. Antagonistic interactions in the rupestrian grasslands: new insights and perspective
15. Cerrado to Rupestrian grasslands: patterns of species distribution and the forces shaping them along an altitudinal gradient
16. Termite role in soil nutrient cycling in Ironstone Rupestrian Grasslands (canga) in Carajas, Brazilian Amazonia
17. Afforestation in the rupestrian grasslands: the augmenting presssure of Eucalyptus
18. Fire in Rupestrian Grasslands: Plant Response and Management
19. Challenges in the restoration of quarzitic and ironstone rupestrian grasslands
20. The people of the mountains: the biocultural heritage of Espinhaco Range in Minas Gerais State, Brazil
21. The Human Dimension in the Espinhaco Mountains: Land Conversion and Ecosystem Services
22. Rupestrian Grassland: past, present and future distribution
23. The shady future of the Rupestrian Grassland: major threats to conservation and challenges in the Anthropocene

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