Vegetation Ecology of Central Europe

Front Cover
Cambridge University Press, Jul 29, 1988 - Gardening - 731 pages
English translation makes this unique book, now in its fourth edition, available to a wider audience. This book is without doubt the most important work ever published about the vegetation of central Europe and its ecology. No other book contains so much ecological information and discusses so many principles relevant not only to plant ecologists in continental Europe, but to ecologists and palaeoecologists in the British Isles and North America. Besides providing valuable syntheses of the major plant communities, Ellenberg details the ecology and environmental requirements of all the vegetation types and discusses the climatic tolerances and ecological physiology of many of the major species. The account is based upon a life time of thorough field work and experimental investigation. One of the major messages to be gleaned from the book concerns the long-lasting and considerable effects of human activity upon the vegetation, and the book therefore has much to teach about the impact of agriculture and industrial pollution and highlights the need to plan carefully for the conservation of our rich natural and semi-natural environment.
 

Contents

Life forms and structural type of the Central
11
From coppiced woods to modern forestry
26
5
32
Nearnatural woods and thickets
43
The ecological behaviour and the ecological
63
Animals in OakHornbeam woods and other
163
woodland ecosystems
169
Spruce woods 207
278
6
428
The colonisation of scree slopes and glacial
436
b Nival rock and scree communities
459
and microclimates
481
Dwarfshrub heaths and commons on strongly
504
b Windhardy Crowberry heaths on the North
512
areas
570
b More or less natural Goosefoot riverside
613

fens
318
1
381
b Varicoloured Fescue slopes and similar acidsoil
418
b Mugwort scrubs and other Burdock
620
the species composition
633
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information