Australian Plant Communities: Dynamics of Structure, Growth and Biodiversity

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For 100 million years, the Gondwanan vegetation of Australia has survived and developed in the face of vast changes in climate and soils. The pressure imposed on the vegetation by European settlers during the last 200 years is in clear contrast to the minimal impact of Aborigines.
Environmental managers and planners predicting the short- and long-term effects of environmental changes on ecosystems need to understand the basic principles of plant community physiology. Australian Plant Communities: Dynamics of Structure, Growth, and Biodiversity is the first synthesis of the physiological processes that shape Australian vegetation at the level of the entireplant community. It examines the basic principles of community physiology by referring to the vegetation of Australia, with its great diversity of natural plant communities, many of which are relatively undisturbed. The principles developed are applicable to landscapes throughout the world. By revealing the fundamental determinants of vegetation structure, the book enables the effects of climate change on biodiveraity, of both vegetation and its associated fauna, to be predicted.
This book, lavishly illustrated with figures and graphs, is written in a clear and concise style and refers to many studies of the processes operating in Australian vegetation. It is an excellent text for undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental science, resource management, and environmental planning and impact assessment. It is also an invaluable reference for practicing environmental scientists, planners, and managers.

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Raymond L. Specht, Emeritus Professor, University of Queensland. Alison Specht, School of Resource Science and Management, Southern Cross University.

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"This is a scholarly synthesis of what is known about the structure and physiology of the plant communities of AustraliaWith nearly 100 pages of references, this is an excellent resource for professional ecologists and land managers, and will be of interests to students and teachers of environmental science, impact assessment and resource management."--Wildlife Activist


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