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Heathlands : Patterns and Processes in a Changing Environment - R. Aerts


Patterns and Processes in a Changing Environment

By: R. Aerts (Editor), Gerrit Heil (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st May 1993
ISBN: 9780792320944
Number Of Pages: 224

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Increased atmospheric nitrogen deposition and changes in the management of heathlands have caused a significant change in the species composition of the NW-European heathlands. This change from ericaceous towards gramineous dominance is analysed in detail in Heathlands: Patterns and Processes in a Changing Environment. Special emphasis is put on the effects of increased atmospheric nutrient input on nutrient cycling, competition between plant species and plant--herbivore interactions. The possibilities for the long-term conservation of heathlands are discussed by considering regeneration from seed and the usefulness of mathematical management models.
The book provides a synthesis of pure and applied plant ecology. It is vital reading for plant ecologists, biological conservationists, heathland managers and government decision makers.

General introductionp. 1
Atmospheric deposition of sulphur and nitrogen in heathland ecosystemsp. 25
Biomass and nutrient dynamics of dominant plant species from heathlandsp. 51
The effect of external stress and disturbance factors on Calluna-dominated heathland vegetationp. 85
Competition between dominant plant species in heathlandsp. 125
Seed bank, germination, and establishment of ericaceous and gramineous species in heathlandsp. 153
Impact of atmospheric nitrogen deposition on dry heathlands: a stochastic model simulating competition between Calluna vulgaris and two grass speciesp. 181
Synthesis: perspectives for heathlandsp. 201
List of contributorsp. 219
Indexp. 221
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ISBN: 9780792320944
ISBN-10: 0792320948
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 31st May 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 1.48