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Life Sciences - Ecology | Alpine Ecosystems in the Northwest Caucasus

Alpine Ecosystems in the Northwest Caucasus

Series: Geobotany, Vol. 29

Onipchenko, Vladimir G. (Ed.)

2004, XX, 410 p.

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Plant geographical description of the area, syntaxonomy, spatial patterns, floristic richness, structure of plant communities in relation to soil properties and herbivore influence were described for a mountain region that is difficult to access. Seasonal, inter-annual, and long-term dynamics of vegetation are discussed on the base of long-term observations as well as pollen and phytolith analyses. Population biology of alpine plants is studied by combination of field observations and mathematical modelling. Plant population strategies and soil seed banks are described for alpine plants from several communities. Results of long-term ecological experiments (plant reciprocal transplantations, dominant removals, light limitation) showed the significance of competition and facilitation for community organization. Structure of soil algal and fungal communities is represented as well as mycorrhiza of alpine plants. Main animal groups (wild) history and modern nature conservation problems are discussed.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » algae - animals - biological - biology - ecosystem - fungi - geology - mycorrhiza - nature conservation - plant - plants - population biology - soil - taxonomy - vegetation

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Ecology - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity - Plant Sciences

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Contributors Acknowledgement Preface 1. Geography, geology, climate and the communities studied (V.G. Onipchenko) 2. Soils and nutrient turnover (T.I. Malysheva, V.G. Onipchenko, Makarov M.L, A.V. Volkov, L.V. Bulatnikova) 3. Plant geographical description of he area (V.N. Pavlov) 4. Alpine plant communities: syntaxonomy, floristic composition and richness (V.G. Onipchenko) 5. Structure and dynamics of closed alpine communities (O.V. Cherednichenko, V.G. Onipchenko, M.I. Makarov, K.A. Golikov, O.V. Blinkova, A.A. Zakharov, M.S. Blinnikov) 6. Population biology of alpine plants (I.E. Sizov, N.V. Mikhailova, A.N. Mikhailov, V.G. Onipchenko, A.S. Komarov) 7. Experimental study of plant relationships (E.V. Volkova, V.G. Onipchenko, M.S. Blinnikov, A.A. Aksenova, O.V. Cherednichenko) 8. Soil algae and cyanobacteria in the alpine plant communities (L. Rasran) 9. Fungi, mycorrhiza, and microbiological processes in the alpine ecosystems (M.V. Sogonov, L.L. Velikanov, K.L. Tarasov, V.G. Onipchenko, T.N. Leinsoo, M.V. Sogonov, A.L. Stepanov) 10. Animals and their influence on plant communities (M.N. Ivanenko, V.G. Onipchenko, S.V. Fomin, M.A. Gerasimova, A.N. Dobrolyubov, A.P. Mikhailenko) 11. Human activity and nature conservation problems (I.K. Semenov, D.A. Petelin) References Species index

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