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Tropical Agroecosystems

Series: Advances in Agroecology Series Volume: 8

By: John H Vandermeer

268 pages, B/w illus

CRC Press

Hardback | Dec 2003 | #136165 | ISBN: 0849315816
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Tropical areas present ecological, cultural and political problems that demand analysis that is distinct from general ecological analysis. The tropical environment is special in many ways, from the lack of a biological down season (winter), to generally poor soil conditions, to a reliance on traditional methods of agriculture in an undeveloped society. At a time when the sustainability of natural resource use in the tropics has become a very big issue Tropical Agroecosystems provides a critical scientific foundation for developing a sustainable agriculture component within this process.

Presenting a broad range of approaches to agroecosystem analysis, the text addresses specific ecological issues associated with agricultural production, examines two case studies of agricultural transformation and its effect on biodiversity, and discusses key landscape relationships between agroecosystems, wildlife, and human disease.


Introduction. Plant-Plant Interactions in Tropical Agriculture. Pest Management in Mesoamerican Agroecosystems. Managing mycorrhizae for Sustainable Agriculture in the Tropics. Technological Change and Biodiversity in the Rubber Agroecosystem of Sumatra. Technological Change and Biodiversity in the Coffee Agroecosystem of Northern Latin America. Tropical Agricultural Landscapes. Wildlife in the Context of Tropical Agroecosystems. Tropical Agriculture and Human Disease: Ecological Complexities Pose Research Challenges.

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