Grasses and Grassland Ecology

Grasses and Grassland Ecology

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Grasslands, in particular managed pastures and rangelands, are widespread, covering approximately 40% (52 million km(2)) of the Earth's land surface. They are dominated by members of the Poaceae - the fourth largest plant family with over 7,500 species, and also the most widespread. Grasslands constitute a major biome on all continents except Antarctica and also represent the most important food crop on Earth with corn, wheat, maize, rice and millet accounting for
the majority of our agricultural output.

Grasses and Grassland Ecology provides an ecologically orientated introduction to this influential group of plants, summarizing the most recent scientific research in ecology and agriculture in the context of the older, classic literature. Ten chapters cover the morphology, anatomy, physiology and systematics of grasses, their population, community and ecosystem ecology, their global distribution, and the effects of disturbance and grassland management.

This comprehensive and accessible textbook is suitable for graduate level students as well as professional researchers in the fields of plant ecology, rangeland science, crop science, and agriculture.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 314 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 721g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 60 black and white and 15 colour illustrations
  • 0198529198
  • 9780198529194
  • 1,470,091

Table of contents

Preface ; 1. Introduction ; 2. Systematics and Evolution ; 3. Ecological Morphology and Anatomy ; 4. Physiology ; 5. Population Ecology ; 6. Community Ecology ; 7. Ecosystem Ecology ; 8. World Grasslands ; 9. Disturbance ; 10. Management and Restoration ; References
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The scope of this book is considerable and the author is to be congratulated on his synthesis...This is a useful and welcome addition to an grassland library, bridging the gap between ecology texts and more agriculturally focused grassland science texts. * Grass and Forage Science * An accomplished textbook that offers readers a carefully crafted, well-structured, and very readable expose of grasslands, their significance, function, and management. Gibson covers a very broad suite of subject material, which I consider one of this work's major strengths. There is great deal to like about this book. I would gladly recommend it to any student, landholder, policymaker, or restorationist whose interest or passions are drawn to the beauty of
grasslands. * The Quarterly Review of Biology *
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About David J. Gibson

David Gibson, PhD was born and raised in Cuckfield, England. He obtained his BSc in botany from the University of Reading and went on to take a MS in botany from the University of Oklahoma, USA and PhD from the University of Wales. Gibson has published over 90 papers in scientific journals, most dealing with grasses or grasslands. His previous book 'Methods in Comparative Plant Population Ecology' was published by Oxford University Press in 2002. He is an Editor for
the Journal of Ecology, and Associate Editor for the Journal of Vegetation Science, and a Professor of Plant Biology in the Department of Plant Biology and the Center for Ecology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA.
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