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About this book
About this book
Wetlands are unique and fragile environments that provide a transition between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Focusing on freshwater wetlands with emergent vegetation, this book considers productivity in relation to communities of animals and plants and their environments, mineral cycling, hydrology and management. Emphasis is given to the biological interactions and processes underlying the structure and functioning of wetlands, revealing the need to appreciate the dynamics of the system to establish appropriate management and conservation practices.
Based largely on research carried out during the International Biological Programme, this unique synthesis brings together a wealth of information, hitherto widely dispersed in the literature and often difficult to locate. As such it will be an important resource for all those concerned with the ecology, management and conservation of these sensitive natural habitats. First published in 1999.
Preface; 1. General ecology of wetlands S. Hejny, S. Segal and I. Raspopov; 2. Primary production D. Westlake, J. Kvet, D. Dykyjova, E. Marshall and J. Ondok; 3. Further fate of organic matter J. Day Jr, E. Pieczynska and B. Ulehlova; 4. Role of decomposers in wetland B. Ulehlova; 5. The role of animals and animal communities in wetlands J. Dvorak, G. Imhof, J. Day Jr, R. Hacker, J. Holcik, K. Hudec, J. Pelikan and E. Opatrny; 6. Mineral economy and cycling of minerals D. Dykyjova and B. Ulehova; 7. Microclimate conditions and water economy of wetland vegetation J. Krolikowska, P. Smid and K. Priban; 8. Management of wetlands S. Haslam, F. Klotzli, H. Sukopp and A. Szczepanski; Index.
592 pages, 50 line figures, 94 tables
' ... this book is a mine of information, with clear concepts, overview tables and transect data. Wetland scientists are indebted to the editors and authors for bringing this work to completion. It will be an essential reference for institutions engaged in research on wetlands, and in teaching students about them.' Arthur J. McComb, Journal of Animal Ecology