The Cerrados of Brazil: Ecology and Natural History of a Neotropical Savanna

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Columbia University Press, 2002 - History - 398 pages
Development of research in the Cerrados; Relation od soils and geomorphic surfaces in the Brazilian Cerrado; Late quaternary history and evolution of the Cerrados as revealed by palynological records; The fire factor; Past and current human occupation, and land use; Vegetation physiognomies and woody flora of the Cerrado biome; Herbaceous plant communities; Patterns and dynamics of plant populations; The rol of fire in population dynamics of woody plants; Ecophysiology of woody plants; Lepidoptera in the Cerrado landscape and the conservation of vegetation, soil, and topographical mosaics; The character and dynamics of the Cerrado herpetofauna; The avifauna: ecology, biogeography, ad behaviour; The Cerrado mammals: diversity, ecology, and natural history; Ant foraging on plant foliage: contrasting effects on the behavioral ecology of insect herbivores; Interactions among Cerrado plants and their herbivores: unique or typical; Pollination and reproductive biology in Cerrado plant communities; Biodiversity and conservation priorities in the Cerrado region.

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Paulo S. Oliveira is professor of ecology at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil and was president of the Association for Tropical Biology in 1999. Robert J. Marquis is associate professor of biology at the University of Missouri in St. Louis and is currently editor of Biotropica, the journal of the Association for Tropical Biology.

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