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Terrestrial plant ecology
Barbour, Michael G.
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Menlo Park, Calif. : Addison Wesley Longman, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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The aim of this book is to effectively synthesize the literature pertaining to the ecology of wild plants into a comprehensive survey for the undergraduate student, aiming to teach the essentials of the interactions between plants and their environment ranging from communities to landscapes. The book takes an integrated approach to plant ecology and is divided into four parts which include information on the broad apsects of plant ecology. Chapters are written as self-contained units and can be read in any order, and authors new to this edition bring expertise on vegetation sampling and the conservation of endangered species. For this edition there have been revisions to chapters on population biology, species interactions, succession, nutrient cycling, soil, fire, photosynthesis and the vegetation of North America.

Author Notes

Wanna D. Pitts received her B.A. in Zoology and M.A. in Biology from San Jose State University, and her Ph.D. in Ecology from University of California, Davis. Now retired, Pitts served as Professor of Biological Sciences at San Jose State University from 1985-1992, as Associate Academic Vice President from 1982-1983, and as Associate Dean of Curriculum for the School of Science from 1978-1982. She also held positions including Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, and as Lecturer in Biological Sciences. Her teaching experience includes both major and non-major biology courses, for undergraduate and graduate students.

Pitts has conducted research, authored and co-authored numerous books and articles on plant ecology and general botany. She has been honored with many awards including sabbatical leave to conduct research on recovery from logging in Southwest Oregon, a student affirmative action certificate of commendation, and a dean's award for teaching.

Table of Contents

I Background And Basic Concepts
1 Introduction
2 A Brief History of Plant Ecology
II The Species As An Ecological Unit
3 The Species in the Environmental Complex
4 Population Structure and Plant Demography
5 Allocation and Life History Patterns
6 Species Interactions: Competition and Amensalism
7 Species Interactions: Commensalism, Mutualism, and Herbivory
III The Community As An Ecological Unit
8 Community Concepts and Attributes
9 Methods of Sampling the Plant Community
10 Classification and Ordination of Plant Communities
11 Succession
12 Productivity
13 Mineral Cycles
IV Environmental Factors
14 Light and Temperature
15 Photosynthesis
16 Fire
17 Soil
18 Plant-Water Dynamics
19 Water: Environment and Adaptations
20 Major Vegetation Types of North America
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