The role of competition within communities, in shaping the structure and composition of the community matrix itself and in influencing day to day functioning of the system is particularly contraversial. This book offers a synthesis of these arguments and provides an overview of existing knowledge about competition and organising that knowledge in such a way that new research paths are suggested. The author presents an original and at times contraversial view of competition and its role in ecological communities, not only summarising what is known but stressing the unknowns, describing unresolved problems and suggesting avenues for further research.
`... Competition is certainly a theory which has generated wide debate and Keddy's book does full justice to the diversity of ideas and the quality of the arguments that concern it. It is not a book which just sets out data so as to demonstrate either the reality or the extent of competition; rather it is a stimulating and challenging review of the range of ideas and types of studies which have been generated by the topic.'
British Ecological Society Bulletin
` ...I would recommend the book as a valuable reference for graduate students...there has been no convenient synthesis of competition theory and data. This book is a good step in the right direction.'
Studying competition; competition in action; modelling competition; choosing the tools; extending the generality of field experiements; competition, empiricism and comparison; the path to competition theory.
Series: Population and Community Biology (Chapman & Hall)
Number Of Pages: 224
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.31