Geobotany

Alpine Ecosystems in the Northwest Caucasus

Editors: Onipchenko, Vladimir G. (Ed.)

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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.

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"This volume contains the main results of 20 years of fieldwork in the northwest Caucasus. … it can serve as a solid basis for further research and monitoring in alpine environments … . The book combines a comprehensive overview with the results of in-depth research. … the volume may be recommended for all interested in the Caucasus and in high mountain ecology in general, as it presents a rich diversity of scientific approaches to the study of relevant topics." (Jörg Stadelbauer, Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 25 (3), 2005)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Geography, geology, climate and the communities studied

    Onipchenko, V. G.

    Pages 1-7

  • Soils and nutrient turnover

    Malysheva, T. I. (et al.)

    Pages 9-23

  • Plant geographical description of the area

    Pavlov, V. N.

    Pages 25-54

  • Alpine plant communities: syntaxonomy, floristic composition and richness

    Onipchenko, V. G.

    Pages 55-75

  • Structure and dynamics of closed alpine communities

    Cherednichenko, O. V. (et al.)

    Pages 77-179

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Alpine Ecosystems in the Northwest Caucasus
Editors
  • Vladimir G. Onipchenko
Series Title
Geobotany
Series Volume
29
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-2383-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-2383-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-2382-8
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6649-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 410
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