Grasses and Grassland Ecology

Author: David J. Gibson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019852918X

Category: Science

Page: 305

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Grasses and Grassland Ecology 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, physiology and systematics of grasses, their population, community and ecosystem ecology, their global distribution, and the effects of disturbanceand grassland management.

California Grasslands

Ecology and Management

Author: Mark R. Stromberg,Jeffrey D. Corbin,Carla Marie D'Antonio

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520252202

Category: Nature

Page: 390

View: 4727


"This highly synthetic and scholarly work brings together new and important scientific contributions by leading experts on a rich diversity of topics concerning the history, ecology, and conservation of California's endangered grasslands. The editors and authors have succeeded admirably in drawing from a great wealth of recent research to produce a widely accessible and compelling, state-of-the-art treatment of this fascinating subject. Anyone interested in Californian biodiversity or grassland ecosystems in general will find this book to be an invaluable resource and a major inspiration for further research, management, and restoration efforts."--Bruce G. Baldwin, W. L. Jepson Professor and Curator, UC Berkeley "Grasses and grasslands are among the most important elements of the California landscape. This is their book, embodying the kind of integrated view needed for all ecological communities in California. Approaches ranging across an incredibly broad spectrum -- paleontology and human history; basic science and practical management techniques; systematics, community ecology, physiology, and genetics; physical factors such as water, soil nutrients, atmospherics, and fire; biological factors such as competition, symbiosis, and grazing -- are nicely tied together due to careful editorial work. This is an indispensable reference for everyone interested in the California environment."--Brent Mishler, Director of the University & Jepson Herbaria and Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley "The structure and function of California grasslands have intrigued ecologists for decades. The editors of this volume have assembled a comprehensive set of reviews by a group of outstanding authors on the natural history, structure, management, and restoration of this economically and ecologically important ecosystem."--Scott L. Collins, Professor of Biology, University of New Mexico

Southwestern Rare and Endangered Plants

Proceedings of the Second Conference

Author: DIANE Publishing Company

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 9780788142024


Page: 328

View: 3048


Reviews the current status of plant conservation in the southwestern U.S., citing specific cases from surveys, and genetic, demographic, and ecological studies. In addition, broad issues affecting the paradigms of conservation of rare plants species in an ecosystem management context are reviewed. Contents: public involvement in plant conservation; demography; genetics; issues concerning rarity and preserving biodiversity; reproductive and pollination biology; autecology; strategies for protection in an ecosystem context; and surveys and monitoring. 40 papers. Illus.

East Africa’s grasses and fodders: Their ecology and husbandry

Author: G. Boonman

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401582246

Category: Science

Page: 350

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The series Tasks for Vegetation Science is devoted to a variety of research aspects in vegetation science, pure as wellas applied. Of the applied problems one of the most pressing is to achieve better knowledge and improvement of the pasture vegetation in tropical and subtropical regions. As series editor I was impressed by the sheer volume of useful scientific information concerning pasture plants from East Africa collected during many years by Dr. Boonman and compiled in one manuscript. Dr. Boonman first came to East Africa in 1963 on an overland journey along the river Nile which took him from Alexandria in Egypt to Lake Victoria in Uganda and Kenya and back again. After a brief spell as a cotton agronomist in the Sudan Gezira he joined the grassland research team at Kitale, Kenya in 1966. Improvement ofseed yield oftropical grasses was his principal interest which finally led him into the fieldof breeding grasses. Well-known varieties from his work include Boma & Elmba Rhodesgrass as wellas Clone 13Elephantgrass. In 1979he was recalled to The Netherlands to head a cooperative seedcompany involved in the breeding of grasses and cereals. The author has focused this study on one region, Eastern Africa.Global application of theories runs into conflicts too easily with local types of farming, if not with bare economics. Very few books can be found that describe existing practices and seek local answers by digging deep in the stacks of old, local reports.

Grasslands and Climate Change

Author: David J. Gibson,Jonathan A. Newman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107195268

Category: Nature

Page: 372

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A comprehensive assessment of the effects of climate change on global grasslands and the mitigating role that ecologists can play.

Methods in Comparative Plant Population Ecology

Author: David Gibson

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191651230

Category: Science

Page: 320

View: 5626


The field of plant population ecology has advanced considerably in the last decade since the first edition was published. In particular there have been substantial and ongoing advances in statistics and modelling applications in population ecology, as well as an explosion of new techniques reflecting the availability of new technologies (e.g. affordable and accurate Global Positioning Systems) and advances in molecular biology. This new edition has been updated and revised with more recent examples replacing older ones where appropriate. The book's trademark question-driven approach has been maintained and some important topics such as the metapopulation concept which are missing entirely from the current edition are now included throughout the text.

Flora of Australia

Author: Australian Biological Resources Study


ISBN: 9780643068025

Category: Science

Page: 406

View: 5236


An introduction to the Poaceae (grasses). Essays review Australian research on phylogeny, classification, anatomy, physiology, ecology, palaeobotany, and biogeography of Australian grasses. There is also a detailed synopsis of the economic attributes of grasses on a genus by genus basis.