Post-Agricultural Succession in the Neotropics

Editors: Myster, Randall W. (Ed.)

  • Presents a thorough discussion of old field succession studies in the neotropics
  • Provides restoration and management strategies, as well as new farming methodologies for practical application
  • Methods described will be applicable to areas outside of the neotropics as well
  • A timely addition to the literature in an area of increasing importance
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Post-agricultural studies have been central to the development of both the science of plant ecology and ecology in general. The study of old field succession allows us to observe the development of the structure and function of communities, as well as understand the role of history and initial conditions in that process. Understanding old field succession can help the public address important scientific and social issues, such as deforestation and forest regeneration, forest restoration, sustainability of agriculture, maintenance of biodiversity, and impacts of global climate change on forest dynamics.

Post-Agricultural Succession in the Neotropics draws implications from scientific studies for the wise management of old field ecosystems in the neotropics, where conversion of land to cropping systems is the most common kind of disturbance and many landscapes are defined by areas recovering from agriculture. Written for scientists, researchers, professionals, and students of ecology, the book provides a background in old field ecosystems and proposes restoration strategies and a trajectory for future research. Farmers and decision makers can also benefit from new farming methodologies and management strategies that are proposed.

About the Author:

Dr. Randall W. Myster is a Researcher at the Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies at the University of Puerto Rico.

About the authors

Randall W. Myster is Assistant Professor in the Biology Department of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK, USA.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Trends in Above and Belowground Carbon with Forest Regrowth After Agricultural Abandonment in the Neotropics

    Erika Marìn-Spiotta, Daniela F. Cusack, Rebecca Ostertag, Whendee L. Silver

    Pages 22-72

  • Soil Fungi and Macrofauna in the Neotropics

    Yiqing Li, Grizelle González

    Pages 93-114

  • Factors Affecting the Species Richness and Composition of Neotropical Secondary Succession: A Case Study of Abandoned Agricultural Land in Panama

    Elaine R. Hooper

    Pages 141-164

  • Seed Dispersal by Cattle: Natural History and Applications to Neotropical Forest Restoration and Agroforestry

    Clara Luz Miceli-Mèndez, Bruce G. Ferguson, Neptalì Ramìrez-Marcial

    Pages 165-191

  • The Roles of Disperser Behavior and Physical Habitat Structure in Regeneration of Post-Agricultural Fields

    K. Greg Murray, Kathy Winnett-Murray, Jason Roberts, et al.

    Pages 192-215

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Post-Agricultural Succession in the Neotropics
Editors
  • Randall W. Myster
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-33642-8
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-33642-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-33641-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2217-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 308
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