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Ferns are an integral part of the world's flora, appreciated for their beauty as ornamentals, problematic as invaders and endangered by human interference. They often dominate forest understories, but also colonize open areas, invade waterways, and survive nutrient-poor wastelands and eroded pastures. This is the first comprehensive summary of fern ecology, with worldwide examples from Siberia to Hawaii. Topics include a brief history of the ecological study of ferns, their biogeography and population dynamics, their role in ecosystem nutrient cycles and adaptations to xeric environments, and their responses to disturbance and interactions with other organisms. Fully illustrated concepts provide a framework for students and professionals in ecology, conservation, and land management, and a wealth of information for anyone interested in ferns.
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The first in-depth summary of the ecology of ferns, with fully-illustrated examples from throughout the world, showing the ecological importance of ferns and their role in conservation, succession and restoration. The book provides a framework for future research for graduate students and professionals in ecology, conservation and land management.About the Author:
Klaus Mehltreter is researcher and professor at the Ecological Institute of Xalapa, Mexico. His research focuses on the ecology of tropical ferns in cloud forests, coastal mangroves and seasonally dry forests. He is author of over 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, coauthor of two floristic books (LOLA, Argentina) and co-editor of the book Biodiversity and Conservation in Coffee Agroecosystems (INECOL and INE, Mexico). He is a fellow of the Mexican research system (SNI, 2004-present). He is a life member of the IAPT and the American Fern Society, active member of the British Pteridological Society and the Association of Tropical Biology, and founding member of the Ecological Society of Mexico. In 2009-10 he spent a sabbatical year at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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