Grasses and Grassland Ecology

ISBN-10: 0198529198

ISBN-13: 9780198529194

Edition: 2008

Authors: David J. Gibson

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Grasslands, in particular managed pastures and rangelands, are widespread, covering approximately 40% (52 million km2) of the Earth's land surface. They are dominated by members of the Poaceae - the fourth largest plant family with over 7,500 species, and also the most widespread. Grasslandsconstitute a major biome on all continents except Antarctica and also represent the most important food crop on Earth with corn, wheat, maize, rice and millet accounting for the majority of our agricultural output.iGrasses and Grassland Ecology/i provides an ecologically orientated introduction to this influential group of plants, summarizing the most recent scientific research in ecology and agriculture in the context of the older, classic literature. Ten chapters cover the morphology, anatomy, physiologyand systematics of grasses, their population, community and ecosystem ecology, their global distribution, and the effects of disturbance and grassland management. This comprehensive and accessible textbook is suitable for graduate level students as well as professional researchers in the fields of plant ecology, rangeland science, crop science, and agriculture.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

David Gibson, PhD was born and raised in Cuckfield, England. He obtained his BSc in botany from the University of Reading and went on to take a MS in botany from the University of Oklahoma, USA and PhD from the University of Wales. Gibson has published over 90 papers in scientific journals,most dealing with grasses or grasslands. His previous book 'Methods in Comparative Plant Population Ecology' was published by Oxford University Press in 2002. He is an Editor for the Journal of Ecology, and Associate Editor for the Journal of Vegetation Science, and a Professor of Plant Biology inthe Department of Plant Biology and the Center for Ecology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA.

Preface
Introduction
Systematics and Evolution
Ecological Morphology and Anatomy
Physiology
Population Ecology
Community Ecology
Ecosystem Ecology
World Grasslands
Disturbance
Management and Restoration
References
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