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By: Fakhri A Bazzaz
350 pages, Figs & tabs
Forces of nature and human intervention lead to innumerable local, regional and sometimes global changes in plant community patterns. Irrespective of the causes and the intensity of change, ecosystems are often naturally able to recover most of their attributes through natural succession. In this thoughtful and provacative book, Bazzaz integrates and synthesizes information on how disturbance changes the environment, how species function, coexist, and share or compete for resources in populations and communities, and how species replace each other over successional time.
'I will strongly recommend this book to my students as a source of ideas, literature and general inspiration ! it is first-rate, and it is a unique mine of information and ideas that cuts a huge swathe across plant ecology ! It is very well produced, and the paperback version is excellent value. If you are interested in plants and ecosystems, buy a copy!' Colin Prentice, Endeavour '! researchers interested in learning how they might link physiological, population and community ecology in understanding any ecosystem will have much to gain by reading this book.' Philip W. Rundel, Trends in Ecology and Evolution 'This book is filled with a wealth of information and ideas that, no doubt, will serve as a source of inspiration for students and research investigations for years to come.' H. A. Mooney, Tree Physiology 'The book is illustrated with a huge number of clear figures, its language is easy to understand, the cited references are numerous and valuable. Besides its high scientific value the book makes an interesting and fascinating read.' K. Szente, Journal of Plant Physiology ' ! a gem: self-contained in style, reference and content, a first calling point for all my future enquiries about successional processes.' Annals of Botany Company
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