Tropical Trees as Living Systems

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P. B. Tomlinson, Martin Zimmerman
Cambridge University Press, Jun 10, 2010 - Medical - 696 pages
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When this book was first published in 1978, tropical forests were unquestionably the largest scientifically unexplored region of the world, and being rapidly depleted by short-term exploitation. Species were being rendered extinct at a rate that is probably greater than the rate at which they are being discovered. This book is an assessment of scientific knowledge of tropical tree biology - construction, development, physiology, reproductive biology and evolution - set against a background of community ecology and forest structure. Its emphasis is on the study of the individual tree as a living system integrated into the larger forest community. The book publishes the results of the Fourth Cabot Symposium held at the Harvard Forest in 1976 and presents the special knowledge of the participants, each an expert in a special field. Much of the subject matter is presented in the form of reviews, making information easily accessible to an interested nonspecialist audience.
 

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Contents

Fossil evidence on the evolutionary origin of tropical trees
3
Geographic variation in tropical tree species
31
Chemical aspects of the pollination biology of woody
57
Seeding patterns of tropical trees
83
Strategies of establishment in Malayan forest trees
129
Studies on the demography of tropical trees
163
Branching and axis differentiation in tropical trees
187
Architectural variation at the specific level in tropical trees
209
Orsay clo British Museum Natural
371
Abscission strategies in the behavior of tropical trees
381
Formation of the trunk in woody plants
401
Multiple growth correlations in phanerogams
423
Relation of climate to growth periodicity in tropical trees
445
external and
465
Feedback control and agerelated changes of shoot growth
497
Structural requirements for optimal water conduction
517

F S P Ng Nouméa New Caledonia
223
Architecture of the New Caledonian species of Araucaria
233
Growth forms of rain forest palms
247
growth forms and shoot morphology
269
A quantitative study of Terminalia branching
285
morphologic
323
Forest Research Institute
341
On the adaptive significance of compound leaves with
351
Architecture and energy exchange of dicotyledonous trees
535
Community architecture and organic matter dynamics
561
Crown characteristics of tropical trees
591
Tree falls and tropical forest dynamics
617
Gaps in the forest canopy
639
Index to subjects and plant genera
657
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