Heathlands : Patterns and Processes in a Changing Environment

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Increased atmospheric nitrogen deposition and changes in the management of heathlands have caused a significant change in the species composition of the NW-European heathlands. This change from ericaceous towards gramineous dominance is analysed in detail in Heathlands: Patterns and Processes in a Changing Environment. Special emphasis is put on the effects of increased atmospheric nutrient input on nutrient cycling, competition between plant species and plant--herbivore interactions. The possibilities for the long-term conservation of heathlands are discussed by considering regeneration from seed and the usefulness of mathematical management models.
The book provides a synthesis of pure and applied plant ecology. It is vital reading for plant ecologists, biological conservationists, heathland managers and government decision makers.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 185.42 x 256.54 x 20.32mm | 612.35g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1993 ed.
  • 56 Tables, black and white; VII, 224 p.
  • 0792320948
  • 9780792320944

Table of contents

Preface. 1. General Introduction; G.W. Heil, R. Aerts. 2. Atmospheric Deposition of Sulphur and Nitrogen in Heathland Ecosystems; R. Bobbink, G.W. Heil. 3. Biomass and Nutrient Dynamics of Dominant Plant Species from Heathlands; R. Aerts. 4. The Effect of External Stress and Disturbance Factors on Calluna-Dominated Heathland Vegetation; J.J.M. Berdowski. 5. Competition between Dominant Plant Species in Heathlands; R. Aerts. 6. Seed Bank, Germination, and Establishment of Ericaceous and Gramineous Species in Heathlands; M. Bruggink. 7. Impact of Atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition on Dry Heathlands: a Stochastic Model Simulating Competition between Calluna vulgaris and Two Grass Species; G.W. Heil, R. Bobbink. 8. Synthesis: Perspectives for Heathlands; G.W. Heil, R. Aerts. Index.
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