Scott J. Meiners's An Integrative Approach to Successional Dynamics: Tempo and PDF

By Scott J. Meiners

ISBN-10: 0521116422

ISBN-13: 9780521116428

A lot of what's thought of traditional knowledge approximately succession isn't really as transparent minimize because it is mostly believed. but, the significance of succession in ecology is undisputed because it bargains a true perception into the dynamics and constitution of all plant groups. half monograph and half conceptual treatise, An Integrative method of Successional Dynamics provides a unifying conceptual framework for dynamic plant groups and makes use of a special long term info set to discover the software of that framework. The fourteen chapters, each one written in a nontechnical variety and followed by means of various illustrations and examples, hide different features of succession, together with: group, inhabitants and disturbance dynamics, range, group meeting, heterogeneity, sensible ecology and organic invasion. This specified textual content can be an exceptional resource of reference for researchers and graduate scholars in ecology and plant biology and others with an curiosity within the topic.

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Changes since the BSS began: scientific and landscape context 29 of community dynamics that integrates processes operating at multiple ecological scales. In addition, while the initiation of the BSS preceded many contemporary theories and hypothesized mechanisms of plant community dynamics, the detail, continuity and temporal scale of the data make it an ideal opportunity to develop an integrative and synthetic view of community change. 3 Succession theory “Hardly has the soil been left to itself before it is invaded by wild plants.

1 Expectations of nutrient limitation during succession. From Vitousek and Reiners (1975). Used by permission of Oxford University Press. different responses to constraint and opportunity, and these may be patchily distributed across changing mosaics. A further refinement to the ecosystem thinking of Odum’s nutrient cycling ideas was introduced by Vitousek and Reiners (1975). They proposed, like Odum, that young ecosystems would have leaky cycles of limiting nutrients. In contrast, ecosystems in which growth and maintenance were balanced – the presumed “mature” state in Odum’s framework, would necessarily not absorb additional limiting nutrients.

Succession in relatively well-watered habitats is seen as a shift from soil limitation to light limitation. Notably, Tilman’s models do not address spatial heterogeneity of resources. Of course, in some situations, such as very old terrestrial systems, phosphorus may be the main limiting soil nutrient, and under arid conditions, light may rarely or never effectively be limiting (Vitousek, 2004). Grime’s c-s-r – Philip Grime has emphasized that plants differ in their competitive abilities, tolerance of physical stress, and dependence on a colonizing life history.

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