The Ecological Consequences of Environmental Heterogeneity: The 40th Symposium of the British Ecological Society, Held at the University of Sussex, 23-25 March 1999

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Cambridge University Press, 2000 - Science - 434 pages
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Presents advances in the measurement and interpretation of the impacts of environmental heterogenity upon organisms and ecological processes. The 18 contributions from the March 1999 symposium discuss the effects of spatial and temporal heterogeneity on individuals, populations, communities and biodiversity; and the management and conservation implications of environmental heterogeneity. Topics include plant response to patchy soils, heterogeneity in plant quality and its impact on the population ecology of insect herbivores, and genetic variation and adaptation in tree populations. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

The world is heterogeneous ecological consequences of living in a patchy environment
1
Ecological heterogeneity an ontogeny of concepts and approaches
9
Generation of heterogeneity by organisms creation maintenance and transformation
33
Heterogeneity diversity and scale in plant communities
53
Plant response to patchy soils
71
The effects of heterogeneous nutrient supply on plant performance a survey of responses with special reference to clonal herbs
91
Plant competition in spatially heterogeneous environments
111
Light heterogeneity in tropical rain forests photosynthetic responses and their ecological consequences
131
The effects of heterogeneity on dispersal and colonization in plants
237
Genetic variation and adaptation in tree populations
267
Food webs and resource sheds towards spatially delimiting trophic interactions
291
Habitat destruction and extinctions predictions from metapopulation models
315
Environmental heterogeneity and species survival in degraded tropical landscapes
333
Ecological experiments in farmland conservation
357
Environmental heterogeneity effects on plants in restoration ecology
379
Concluding remarks a review of some open questions
401

Heterogeneity in plant quality and its impact on the population ecology of insect herbivores
155
Foraging ecology of animals in response to heterogeneous environments
181
Habitat heterogeneity and the behavioural and population ecology of hostparasitoid interactions
215

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