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Invertebrates as Webmasters in Ec : Cabi - David Coleman

Invertebrates as Webmasters in Ec

Cabi

By: David Coleman (Editor), Paul Hendrix (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780851993942
Number Of Pages: 352

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Invertebrates are conspicuous, influential components in all of the ecosystems of the world. Assemblages of invertebrates assume an organizing function and hence may be considered as "webmasters" in these ecosystems. This book reviews and assesses our current understanding of invertebrates in terrestrial and terrestrially-dominated (lower-order stream) ecosystems. It emphasizes the centrality of the activity of invertebrates, which influence ecosystems function far out of proportion to their physical mass in a wide range of situations, particularly at the soil interface between land and air (litter/soil), water and land (sediments) and in tree canopies and root/soil systems.

Contributors
Preface
Webmaster Functions in Ecosystems
Food Web Functioning and Ecosystem Processes
Problems and Perceptions of Scalin
Keystone Arthropods as Webmasters in Desert Ecosystems
Responses of Grassland Soil Invertebrates to Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbances
Effects of Invertebrates in Lotic Ecosystem Processes
Webmasters in Feedback Interactions and Food Webs
Insects as Regulators of Ecosystem Development
Herbivores, Biochemical Messengers and Plants
Aspects of Intertrophic Transduction
Soil Invertebrate Controls and Microbial Interactions in Nutrient and Organic Matter Dynamics in Natural and Agroecosystems
Invertebrates in Detrital Food Webs along Gradients of Productivity
Webmasters and Ecosystem Diversity
Biodiversity of Oribatid Mites (Acari: Oribatida) in Tree Canopies and Litter
Diversity in the Decomposing Landscape
The Pervasive Ecological Efects of Invasive Species
Exotic and Native Fire Ants
Soil Invertebrate Species Diversity in Natural and Disturbed Environments
Webmasters in Regional and Global Contexts
Invertebrates and Nutrient Cycling in Coniferous Forest Ecosystems
Spatial Heterogeneity and Conditionality
Impacts of Insects on Human-dominated and Natural Forest Landscapes
Soil Fauna and Controls of Carbon Dynamics
Comparisons of Rangelands and Forests across Latitudinal Gradients
Soil Processes and Global Change
Will Invertebrates Make a Difference?
Index
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ISBN: 9780851993942
ISBN-10: 085199394X
Series: Cabi
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: CABI Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.81

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