This book provides a broad introduction to saltmarsh ecology, concentrating on plants, although much of the information should also be of interest to zoologists. Particular attention is given to the geographical diversity of saltmarsh vegetation and to the ecophysiological mechanisms which permit tolerance to the major challenges of high, but variable, soil salinities and of frequently waterlogged soils. The importance of saltmarshes as functioning ecosystems is discussed and issues relevant to the long-term conservation and management of saltmarshes are considered. Saltmarsh Ecology will be useful to upper level undergraduates and wetland scientists.
- Electronic book text
- 11 May 2012
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 100 b/w illus.
Table of contents
Abbreviations for frequently-occurring species names; 1. General features of saltmarshes and their environment; 2. The saltmarsh biota; 3. Variation in saltmarsh vegetation; 4. Coping with the environment; 5. Plant life history studies; 6. Saltmarshes as ecosystems; 7. Modification, management and conservation; References; Index.
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