The Ecology of Trees in the Tropical Rain Forest

Author: I. M. Turner

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139428873

Category: Science

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Our knowledge of the ecology of tropical rain-forest trees is limited, with detailed information available for perhaps only a few hundred of the many thousand of species that occur. Yet a good understanding of the trees is essential to unravelling the workings of the forest itself. This book aims to summarise contemporary understanding of the ecology of tropical rain-forest trees. The emphasis is on comparative ecology, an approach that can help to identify possible adaptive trends and evolutionary constraints and which may also lead to a workable ecological classification for tree species, conceptually simplifying the rain-forest community and making it more amenable to analysis.
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Tropical Forest Ecology

The Basis for Conservation and Management

Author: Florencia Montagnini,Carl F. Jordan

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540272445

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 295

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Research in tropical forestry is confronted with the task of finding strategies to alleviate pressure on remaining forests, and techniques to enhance forest regeneration and restore abandoned lands, using productive alternatives that can be attractive to local human populations. In addition, sustainable forestry in tropical countries must be supported by adequate policies to promote and maintain specific activities at local and regional scales. Here, a multi-disciplinary approach is presented, to better the understanding of tropical forest ecology, as a necessary step in developing adequate strategies for conservation and management. The authors have long experience in both academic and practical matters related to tropical forest ecology and management.
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Ecology and Biomechanics

A Mechanical Approach to the Ecology of Animals and Plants

Author: Anthony Herrel,Thomas Speck,Nicholas P. Rowe

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1420001590

Category: Nature

Page: 352

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We live in a well-engineered universe. This engineering is present in every system and organism in existence, including in the actions and interactions of plants and animals. In fact, one could say that the function and movement of plants and animals is just as much a part of their makeup as chlorophyll and fiber or bone and blood. Consequently, if we want to understand the ecology of animals and plants especially in an integrated ecosystem, it follows that great insight can be gained by taking an approach that studies function and integration of parts rather than the individual parts themselves. Ecology and Biomechanics: A Mechanical Approach to the Ecology of Animals and Plants offers a collection of state-of-the-art papers that ingeniously demonstrates how biomechanics can provide novel insights into long standing ecological and evolutionary questions. The majority of the book's chapters were originally presented at a symposium held at the annual meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology in Edinburgh, U.K., in 2004. Combining approaches from various disciplines, this volume covers subjects that encompass theoretical concepts and practical approaches involving research on both plants and animals, as well as interactions between the two. Although most of the examples emphasize distinct organism-environment relationships such as the grazing of ruminants, the book also includes a few examples that span larger temporal and spatial scales, achieving wider application across ecosystems. This can be seen in the chapter Implications of Microbial Motility on the Water Column Ecosystems, which highlights how microbial ecosystems can be understood from the mechanics, morphology, and motile responses of the individual organisms. Designed to serve as a reference for students and researchers, Ecology and Biomechanics: A Mechanical Approach to the Ecology of Animals and Plants paves the way for further research by demonstrating what can happen when the approaches from two seemingly disparate subdisciplines within the field of biology are creatively combined.
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Our Planet

The Magazine of the United Nations Environment Programme

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Environmental policy

Page: N.A

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Ecology of Lianas

Author: Stefan Schnitzer,Frans Bongers,Robyn J. Burnham,Francis E. Putz

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118392485

Category: Science

Page: 504

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Lianas are woody vines that were the focus of intense study byearly ecologists, such as Darwin, who devoted an entire book to thenatural history of climbing plants. Over the past quartercentury, there has been a resurgence in the study of lianas, andliana are again recognized as important components of many forests,particularly in the tropics. The increasing amount ofresearch on lianas has resulted in a fundamentally deeperunderstanding of liana ecology, evolution, and life-history, aswell as the myriad roles lianas play in forest dynamics andfunctioning. This book provides insight into the ecology and evolution oflianas, their anatomy, physiology, and natural history, theirglobal abundance and distribution, and their wide-ranging effectson the myriad organisms that inhabit tropical and temperateforests.
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Ecology and Natural History of Tropical Bees

Author: David W. Roubik

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521429092

Category: Science

Page: 526

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Describes the prominent themes in the ecology, natural history, and evolution of bees, and includes discussions on pollinating behavior, natural enemies, reproduction, social behavior, and maintenance of the diversity of tropical communities. This book is the first to draw together these themes, and covers topics as varied as the evolution of obligate sociality and the reproductive diversity of tropical flowering plants. There are many new examples from the author's research on pollination ecology, mimicry, mutualism, coevolution, and competition.
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Tropical rain forest ecology, diversity, and conservation

Author: Jaboury Ghazoul,Douglas Sheil

Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr

ISBN: 9780199285877

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 516

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Rain forests represent the world's richest repository of terrestrial biodiversity, and play a major role in regulating the global climate. They support the livelihoods of a substantial proportion of the world's population and are the source of many internationally traded commodities. They remain (despite decades of conservation attention) increasingly vulnerable to degradation and clearance, with profound though often uncertain future costs to global society. Understanding the ecology of these diverse biomes, and peoples' dependencies on them, is fundamental to their future management and conservation. Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation introduces and explores what rain forests are, how they arose, what they contain, how they function, and how humans use and impact them. The book starts by introducing the variety of rain forest plants, fungi, microorganisms, and animals, emphasising the spectacular diversity that is the motivation for their conservation. The central chapters describe the origins of rain forest communities, the variety of rain forest formations, and their ecology and dynamics. The challenge of explaining the species richness of rain forest communities lies at the heart of ecological theory, and forms a common theme throughout. The book's final section considers historical and current interactions of humans and rain forests. It explores biodiversity conservation as well as livelihood security for the many communities that are dependent on rain forests - inextricable issues that represent urgent priorities for scientists, conservationists, and policy makers.
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Tropical Rain Forest

A Wider Perspective

Author: Frank Barrie Goldsmith

Publisher: Kluwer Academic Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 416

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Machine derived contents note: Tropical rain forests - what are they really like? Indigenous non-timber benefits from tropical rain forest. Degeneration versus regeneration - logging in tropical rain forests. Forest people and conservation initiatives: the cultural context of rain forest conservation in West Africa. Forest and environmental degradation. Soil and vegetation effects of tropical deforestation. Causes of tropical deforestation and institutional constraints to conservation. The economics of the tropical timber trade and sustainable forest management. Can non-market values save the tropical forests? The role of policy and institutions. Modelling tropical land use change and deforestation. Communicating the message: a case study from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Effective campaigning. Synthesis. List of acronyms. Index.
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Ecology and field biology

Author: Robert Leo Smith

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 835

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The ecology of a tropical forest

seasonal rhythms and long-term changes

Author: Egbert Giles Leigh,Austin Stanley Rand,Donald M. Windsor,Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 503

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Research priorities in tropical biology

Author: National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Research Priorities in Tropical Biology,Assembly of Life Sciences (U.S.). Committee on Research Priorities in Tropical Biology

Publisher: Natl Academy Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 116

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Tree Planters' Notes

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Tree planting

Page: N.A

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Some no. include reports compiled from information furnished by State Foresters (and others).
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Vascular Epiphytes

General Biology and Related Biota

Author: David H. Benzing

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521048958

Category: Nature

Page: 376

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Epiphytes (plants which grow on other plants, not parasitically but for support), comprise more than one-third of the total vascular flora in some tropical forests. Growing within tropical forest canopies, epiphytes are subject to severe environmental constraints, and their diverse adaptations make them a rich resource for studies of water balance, nutrition, reproduction and evolution. This book synthesizes the body of information from research on epiphytes and their relations with other tropical biota, and provides a comprehensive overview of basic functions, life history, evolution, and the place of epiphytes in complex tropical communities. Tropical ecologists and zoologists as well as plant scientists will find this volume a useful guide to research on the twenty-five thousand species of epiphytes which root in the crowns of tropical trees.
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