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Plant and Vegetation     - Vol. 1
(1.)   Heil, Gerrit W., Muys, Bart, &, Hansen, Katrin, (Eds.)     [ 2007 ]
Environmetal Effects of Afforestation in North-Western Europe. From Field Observations to Decision Support
Afforestation of former arable land is currently a common change in land use in many European countries. In addition to wood production, the new forests will provide a variety of environmental services, such as carbon sequestration or improved water quality. At the same time there may be negative impacts, such as reduced groundwater recharge. The contents of the book aims at developed techniques to estimate the environmental impacts, and guidelines and decision support systems (DSS) to enable national and international policy makers, but also forest managers, to maximize the benefits and minimize the adverse effects of afforestation. This book will describe afforestation research and shows the application of the developed decision support system. The results should be applicable throughout northwest Europe and could be extended elsewhere. This book considers three of the most important environmental issues - carbon sequestration in soils and biomass, water surplus and nitrate leaching. The book describes the research to quantify these effects in the field and model them into the future. It will explain how the more detailed models were reduced to "metamodels" suitable for implementation within a real-time management system.
VIII+320 pages, 10 illus. in colour, hardcover, engl. (Plant and Vegetation, Volume 1)
 
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Plant and Vegetation     - Vol. 2
(2.)   Zahran, M.A., &, Willis, A.J.     [ 2008 ]
The Vegetation of Egypt
The position of Egypt - at the cross-roads between the MIddle East and Africa - has attracted the attention of naturalists and explorers for many centuries. Yet while there are many studies relating to the ecology and biology of Egyptian vegetation, this book represents the first attempt to draw up this diverse information together.
XX+440 pages, hardcover, engl. (Plant and Vegetation, Volume 2), 2. ed.
 
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Plant and Vegetation     - Vol. 3
(3.)   Troeva, E.I., Isaev, A., Cherosov, M.M., &, Karpov, N., (Eds.)     [ 2010 ]
The Far North. Biodiversity and Ecology of Yakutia
Outside Russia very little is known about the terrestrial ecology, vegetation, biogeographical patterns, and biodiversity of the enormously extensive ecosystems of Yakutia, Siberia. These systems are very special in that they functionon top of huge layers of permafrost and are exposed to very severe weather conditions, the range between winter and summer temperatures being more than 100 degrees...
461 pages, hardcover, engl. (Plant and Vegetation, Volume 3)
 
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Plant and Vegetation     - Vol. 4
(4.)   Zahran, M.     [ 2010 ]
Climate - Vegetation. Afro-Asian Mediterranean and Red Sea Coastal Lands
Deserts are unique ecosystems with their own biotic and abiotic components, and are often rich and renewable natural resources, the appropiate management of which can contribute significantly to the sustainable management of desert regions for the welfare of the people...
XXII+321 pages, hardcover, engl. (Plant and Vegetation, Volume 4)
 
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Plant and Vegetation     - Vol. 5
(5.)   Moreira-Munoz, Andres     [ 2011 ]
Plant Geography of Chile
The first so far only Pant Geography of Chile was written about 100 years ago, since when many things have changed: plants have been renamed and reclassified - taxonomy and systematics have experienced deep changes as have biology, geography, and biogeography. The time is therefore ripe for a new look at Chile''s plants and their distribution. Focusing on three key issues - botany/systematics, geography and biogeographical analysis - this book presents a thoroughly updated synthesis both of Chilean plant geography and of the different approaches to studying it. Because of its range - from the neotropics to the temperate sub-Antarctic - Chile''s flora provides a critical insight into evolutionary patterns, particularly in relation to the distribution along the latitudinal profiles and the global geographical relationships of the country''s genera. The consequences of these relations for the evolution of the Chilean Flora are discussed. This book will provide a valuable resource for both graduate students and researchers in botany, plant taxonomy and systematics, biogeography, evolutionary biology and plant conservation.
XIX+320 pages, many figures (partly in colour), hardcover, engl. (Plant and Vegetation, Volume 5)
Softcover-Ausgabe für 199,98 Euro erhältlich.
 
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Plant and Vegetation     - Vol. 6
(6.)   Werger, Masrinus J. A., &, van Staalduinen, Marja A., (Eds.)     [ 2012 ]
Eurasian Steppes. Ecological Problems and Livelihoods in a Changing World
Steppes form one of the largest biomes on earth. Ecological changes came slowly, and nomadic pastoralism long predominated in the steppes. As from the mid-18th century the rate of change increased, and drastic changes in steppe ecology, land use and livelihoods in the steppe came with the emergence, and again with the collapse, of communist states. Excessive ploughing and vast influx of people led to a strong decline in nomadic pastoralism in the Soviet Union and China and resulted in severely degraded steppe ecosystems. After the collapse of the Soviet Union huge tracts of ploughed land became fallow and steppe ecosystems regenerated. In Mongolia nomadic pastoralism persisted, but steppes degraded because of strong increases in livestock loads. Presently, new, restorative land management schemes are developed and applied. On top of all these changes in steppe land use come the effects of climate change, which are strong in the northern zone of the steppe region. This book reviews the ecology of steppe ecosystems in the entire Eurasian area, discusses the effects of climatic changes and land use policies that are playing important roles in these steppes, and shows how the livelihoods of people in the steppe zone are affected. It provides, in English, an extensive and up-to-date overview of steppe status and steppe problems in all of Eurasia, based on the experience of many specialists, and it integrates extensive data sources that so far were only available in a spectrum of locally used languages.
XVI+565 pages, 197 illustr., 138 illustr. in colour, hardcover, engl. (Plant and Vegetation, Volume 6), (Springer)
 
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Plant and Vegetation     - Vol. 7
(7.)   Brown, Garry, &, Mies, Bruno A.     [ 2012 ]
Vegetation Ecology of Socotra
The Socotra Archipelago is a regional biodiversity hotspot with a high degree of endemism, and it is for this reason that it is often referred to as the "Galápagos of the Indian Ocean". Although its unique flora has received much attention recently, little information is available on the vegetation and related ecological aspects. Based on their own extensive field experience of the region, the authors have assimilated a vast amount of knowledge to produce this book, which gives a detailed insight into the plant ecology of Socotra, designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2003, and as a World Heritage Site in 2008.The book is divided into seven chapters. After a brief introduction and overviews of important abiotic features, various aspects of the vascular flora are discussed in Chapter 4, such as biogeography, endemism, dispersal and vicariance, followed by summaries of the bryophyte and lichen flora, including up-to-date checklists of species. Ecology and adaptive strategies of the plants are outlined in Chapter 5, with an emphasis on the arid-land ecosystems, and Chapter 6 gives a concise description of the main vegetation units along an altitudinal gradient, from sea-level to the high mountain peaks at ca. 1550 m. At lower altitudes, desert communities and succulent scrub vegetation dominate, but with increasing elevation, woodland and forest become more prevalent. The final chapter addresses important management issues for the flora and vegetation, issues which, given the rapidly increasing anthropogenic pressures, are critical to preserving as much of the natural heritage of the archipelago as possible. Throughout the book, comparisons are made with the situation in other parts of the world, and in particular, the close affinities with Dhofar in southern Oman and the Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa are underlined.
CCCLVII+10 pages, 289 ill (132 in colour), hardcover, engl. (Plant and Vegetation, Volume 7)
 
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Plant and Vegetation     - Vol. 8
(8.)   Vankat, John     [ 2013 ]
Vegetation Dynamics an the Mountains and Plateaus of trhe American Southwest
This book provides information essential for anyone interested in the ecology of the American Southwest, including land and resource managers, environmental planners, conservationists, environmentalists, ecologists, land stewards, and students. The book is unique in its coverage of the hows and whys of dynamics (changes) in the major types of vegetation occurring on southwestern mountains and plateaus. The book explains the drivers and processes of change, describes historical changes, and provides conceptual models that diagrammatically illustrate past, present, and potential future changes. All major types of vegetation are covered: spruce-fir forest, mixed conifer forest, ponderosa pine forest, pinyon-juniper vegetation, subalpine-montane grassland, Gambel oak shrubland, and interior chaparral shrubland. The focus is on vegetation that is relatively undisturbed, i.e., in natural and near-natural condition, and how it responds to natural disturbances such as fire and drought, as well as to anthropogenic disturbances such as fire exclusion and invasive species. Although intensive land uses such as logging are not included, knowledge of post-disturbance vegetation dynamics is applicable to the restoration and recovery of heavily disturbed areas. The book has an introductory chapter followed by chapters on the major types of vegetation. Each vegetation chapter has an introduction that presents an overall description of the vegetation, followed by sections on (a) major drivers including climate, soil, natural disturbances such as fire, and anthropogenic disturbances such as livestock grazing, (b) key processes of vegetation dynamics such as succession, (c) vegetation conditions before Euro-American settlement, approaches used to determine them, and changes that followed, (d) a three-tiered suite of conceptual models of vegetation dynamics, and (e) conclusions and key challenges for researchers and managers.
XIII+461 pages, 207 illustr., hardcover, engl. (Plant and Vegetation, Volume 8)
 
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Plant and Vegetation     - Vol. 9
(9.)   Hobohm, Carsten, (Edit.)     [ 2013 ]
Endemism in Vascular Plants
The book about Endemism in Vascular Plants is the first comprehensive analysis of the macroecology and geobotany of endemic vascular plants with case-studies and analyses from different regions in the world. Endemism is a pre-extinction phenomenon. Endemics are threatened with extinction. Due to international nature conservation policies and due to the perception of the public the importance of the concept of endemism is increasing. Endemism can result from different biological and environmental processes. Depending on the process conservation measures should be adapted. Endemic vascular plant taxa, in the setting of their species composition and vegetation types are important features of landscapes and indicators of the quality of relating habitats. The book is an important basis for biologists, ecologists, geographers, planners and managers of nature reserves and national parks, and people generally interested in nature conservation and biogeography of vascular plants. Furthermore, the book provides an insight into biological phenomena which are related to evolutionary, genetical, ecological processes, and landscape history under climate change and anthropogenic impacts. 21 experts from all over the world are contributors of the book. The scientists describe and analyse distribution patterns and underlying evolutionary and ecological processes of mainland regions e.g. in Middle America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia, and island regions of tropical and subtropical zones in the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Basin, Indic Ocean, and Pacific Ocean as well.
XIV+348 pages, 85 illustr., 16 in colour, hardcover, engl. (Plant and Vegetation, Volume 9)
 
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Plant and Vegetation     - Vol. 10
(10.)   Talebi Sagheb, Khosro, Sajedi, Toktam, &, Pourashemi, Mehdi     [ 2013 ]
Forests of Iran. A Treasure from the Past, a Hope for Future
Iran has a special position in the northern hemisphere because of its rich vegetation and plant diversity, in particular because of its role as a connecting bridge between Europe and Asia. Hence, forests of Iran are a treasure from our natural history in hands of the present generation, but unfortunately the forests of Iran are not that well-known internationally. Forests, as the richest and complex terrestrial ecosystems, illustrate the past of a country not only from a natural science point of view, but also from historical and cultural aspects. The book aims to make foresters, botanists, ecologists and any other interested persons in other continents familiar with the internationally forgotten forests of Iran. After a brief introduction and describing the general ecological aspects of Iran, this book presents the forests of three main phytogeographical regions of the country. Some issues are given in general, while some others are presented in detail. Similarity of the Caspian forests in northern Iran to those of European, the forests of southern Iran to those of Africa and South Asia, and the forests of western, central and eastern Iran to those of Turkey and Asia Minor explains the relation of Iranian forests to the other forests of the world. It has been tried to introduce the forests of Iran not only based on the personal knowledge, experiences and researches of the authors, but also based on the experiences of other native forest researchers and scientists. Hence, this book will provide a valuable reference to researchers intrested in ecology of temperate forests as well as in Mediterranean, subtropical and steppic forests of Middle East, in this case of Iran.
VIII+152 pages, 86 illustr., 55 illustr. in colour, hardcover, engl. (Plant and Vegetation, Volume 10)
 
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