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Comparative Plant Succession Among Terrestrial Biomes of the World

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By: Karel Prach(Author), Lawrence R Walker(Author)
427 pages, 28 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; 91 b/w photos and b/w illustrations
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How plants recover following disturbances is still poorly understood. This book provides the first global synthesis of plant succession, covering all major biomes and types of disturbances.
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Despite a century of study by ecologists, recovery following disturbances (succession) is not fully understood. This book provides the first global synthesis that compares plant succession in all major terrestrial biomes and after all major terrestrial disturbances. It asks critical questions such as: Does succession follow general patterns across biomes and disturbance types? Do factors that control succession differ from biome to biome? If common drivers exist, what are they? Are they abiotic or biotic, or both? The authors provide insights on broad, generalizable patterns that go beyond site-specific studies, and present discussions on factors such as varying temporal dynamics, latitudinal differences, human-caused vs. natural disturbances, and the role of invasive alien species. Comparative Plant Succession among Terrestrial Biomes of the World is a must-read for researchers and students in ecology, plant ecology, restoration ecology and conservation biology. It also provides a valuable framework to aid land managers attempting to manipulate successional recovery following increasingly intense and widespread human-made disturbances.

Contents

Part I. Plant Succession and Biomes:
1. Introduction
2. Humans and succession
3. Terrestrial biomes

Part II. Succession by Disturbance Type:
4. Comparative approach
5. Volcanoes
6. Glaciers
7. Cyclones
8. Dunes
9. Landslides
10. Floods
11. Fire
12. Clearcuts
13. Plowed fields
14. Mines
15. Other disturbances

Part III. Synthesis:
16. Synthesis
17. Conclusions and future research challenges

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Biography

Karel Prach is Professor of Botany in the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, and Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Science, Czech Republic. He has published extensively in the areas of succession, restoration, river floodplains and ecology of alien plants. He is current President of the Czech Botanical Society.

Lawrence R. Walker is Professor Emeritus in the School of Life Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research focuses on succession, disturbance ecology and restoration. He taught ecology, conservation biology and scientific writing for thirty years. He has published ten previous books, is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher and was the Wilder Chair in Botany at the University of Hawaii (2009–2010).

New
By: Karel Prach(Author), Lawrence R Walker(Author)
427 pages, 28 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; 91 b/w photos and b/w illustrations
NHBS
How plants recover following disturbances is still poorly understood. This book provides the first global synthesis of plant succession, covering all major biomes and types of disturbances.
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