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Lamto : Structure, Functioning, and Dynamics of a Savanna Ecosystem - Luc Abbadie


Structure, Functioning, and Dynamics of a Savanna Ecosystem

By: Luc Abbadie (Editor), Jaques Gignoux (Editor), Xavier Le Roux (Editor), Jean-Claude Menaut (Editor), Michel Lepage (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2006
ISBN: 9780387948447
Number Of Pages: 415

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Known as "a dream place for scientists" the Lamto savannas, located on the edge of the Cote d'Ivoire rain forests, are some of the only savannas in the world where ongoing ecological research has endured for over forty years. Drawing from and synthesizing this abundance of research, the book examines the structure, function, and dynamics of the Lamto humid savanna. Beginning with the history of the Lamto ecology station, proceeding on to an overview of the major enivronmental conditions of the site, and specifically examining the integrative view of energy and nutrient fluxes relative to the dynamics of the region's vegetation, this exacting work is as unique and treasured as Lamto itself.

From the reviews:

"This new volume is good news for savanna ecologists. It is a summary and integration of some four decades of ecological research in the savanna of Lamto in Ivory Coast, West Africa. ... a most interesting book that is of great value to savanna ecologists. ... This is a very valuable and interesting book which I certainly recommend to all savanna ecologists, and I congratulate the authors with their achievement." (Marinus J. A. Werger, Phytocoenologia, Vol. 38 (1-2), August, 2008)

History of the Lamto ecology station and ecological studies at Lamtop. 1
Geology, landform, and soilsp. 15
Climatep. 25
Environmental constraints of living organismsp. 45
Vegetationp. 63
Soil-plant-atmosphere exchangesp. 77
Biomass cycle and primary productionp. 115
Tree/grass interactionsp. 139
Modeling the relationships between vegetation structure and functioning, and modeling Savanna functioning from plot to regionp. 163
Modification of the Savanna functioning by herbivoresp. 185
Origin, distribution, and composition of soil organic matterp. 201
Soil carbon and organic matter dynamicsp. 219
Perturbations of soil carbon dynamics by soil faunap. 235
Nitrogen inputs to the outputs from the soil-plant systemp. 255
Nitrogen dynamics in the soil-plant systemp. 277
Role of soil fauna in nitrogen cyclingp. 299
Spatial pattern, dynamics, and reproductive biology of the grass communityp. 315
Structure, long-term dynamics, and demography of the tree communityp. 335
Modeling tree and grass dynamics : from demographic to spatially explicit modelsp. 365
A synthetic overview of Lamto Savanna ecology : importance of structure-functioning-dynamics relationshipsp. 381
Perspectives : from the Lamto experience to critical issues of Savanna ecology researchp. 393
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ISBN: 9780387948447
ISBN-10: 0387948449
Series: Ecological Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 415
Published: 1st March 2006
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.82