The Loom of Life: Unravelling Ecosystems
Springer Science & Business Media, 15 aug. 2008 - 168 pagina's
In an age of increasing environmental problems, ecology has had to grow up fast from a discipline dealing with relatively simple interactions between species to one that tries to explain changes in global patterns of diversity and richness. The issues are complex. Every species may seem to have its own unique role, but if that is true, then why are there hundreds of species of plankton in an ecosystem with only a handful of niches? The tropics have a high biodiversity, but does anybody know why? And how can a single introduced tree species wreak havoc in Hawaii’s rainforests, when it is one of thousands of quietly coexisting tree species in its native continent, South America?
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Stun your friends with bang up to date knowledge of what ecosystems are, how they function and how theory about them has developed. Stylish accessible account if you haven't time to read all the books and papers on ecosystems, with sly humour. Volledige review lezen