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Plants and Vegetation Origins, Processes, Consequences

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ISBN-10: 0521864801

ISBN-13: 9780521864800

Edition: 2006

Authors: Paul A. Keddy

List price: $110.00
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Plants make up 99.9 percent of the world's living matter, provide food and shelter, and control the Earth's climate. The study of plant ecology is therefore essential to understanding the biological functions and processes of the biosphere. This vibrant new introductory textbook integrates important classical themes with recent ideas, models and data. The book begins with the origin of plants and their role in creating the biosphere as the context for discussing plant functional types and evolutionary patterns. The coverage continues logically through the exploration of causation with chapters, amongst others, on resources, stress, competition, predation, and mutualism. The book concludes with a chapter on conservation, addressing the concern that as many as one-third of all plant species are at risk of extinction. Each chapter is enriched with striking and unusual examples of plants (e.g., stone plants, carnivorous plants) and plant habitats (e.g., isolated tropical tepui, arctic cliffs). Paul Keddy's lively and thought-provoking style will appeal to students at all levels.
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Book details

List price: $110.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/7/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 706
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgements
Plants and the origin of the biosphere
Description of vegetation: the search for global patterns
Resources
Stress
Competition
Disturbance
Herbivory
Positive interactions: mutualism, commensalism, and symbiosis
Time
Gradients and plant communties: description at local scales
Diversity
Conservation and management
References