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Biotic Interactions in the Tropics Their Role in the Maintenance of Species Diversity

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ISBN-10: 0521847079

ISBN-13: 9780521847070

Edition: 2005

Authors: David Burslem, Michelle Pinard, Sue Hartley, Nigel Webb, T. Hefin Jones

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To understand how tropical ecosystems function we need to appreciate not only what plants, animals and microbes they contain, but how they interact with each other. This volume synthesizes the current state of knowledge of tropical biotic interaction, with chapters providing reviews or case studies drawn from research conducted in both Old and New World tropics, including interactions among taxa at all levels. An underlying theme of the volume is revealing the importance of the maintenance of high diversity in tropical regions.
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Book details

List price: $278.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/8/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 582
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.860
Language: English

David Burslem is Senior Lecturer in Tropical Plant Science at the University of Aberdeen. His current research focuses on tropical forest sites in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Ecuador.

Michelle Pinard is Lecturer in Tropical Forestry at the University of Aberdeen. Her research focuses on sites in Ghana, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Bolivia.

Sue Hartley is Reader in Ecology at the University of Sussex, specialising in the study of plant-animal interactions.

List of contributors
Preface
Plant-plant interactions
Plant-plant interactions in tropical forests
Resource capture and use by tropical forest tree seedlings and their consequences for competition
Role of life-history trade-offs in the equalization and differentiation of tropical tree species
Neighbourhood effects on sapling growth and survival in a neotropical forest and the ecological-equivalence hypothesis
Ecological drift in niche-structured communities: neutral pattern does not imply neutral process
Plant-microbe interactions
Dimensions of plant disease in tropical forests
Mycorrhizas and ecosystem processes in tropical rain forest: implications for diversity
An overview of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal composition, distribution and host effects from a tropical moist forest
Tropical plants as chimera: some implications of foliar endophytic fungi for the study of host-plant defence, physiology and genetics
Plant-animal interactions
Implications of plant spatial distribution for pollination and seed production
Seed dispersal of woody plants in tropical forests: concepts, examples and future directions
The role of trophic interactions in community initiation, maintenance and degradation
Impacts of herbivores on tropical plant diversity
Have the impacts of insect herbivores on the growth of tropical tree seedlings been underestimated?
Multi-trophic interactions and biodiversity: beetles, ants, caterpillars and plants
The trophic structure of tropical ant-plant-herbivore interactions: community consequences and coevolutionary dynamics
Multitrophic interactions in a neotropical savanna: ant-hemipteran systems, associated insect herbivores and a host plant
Biotic interactions in human-dominated landscapes
The alteration of biotic interactions in fragmented tropical forests
Effects of natural enemies on tropical woody-plant invasions
New mix of alien and native species coexists in Puerto Rico's landscapes
The dynamics of a tropical dry forest in India: climate, fire, elephants and the evolution of life-history strategies
Changes in plant communities associated with timber management in natural forests in the moist tropics