Ecological Studies

Ecology of Tropical Savannas

Editors: Huntley, B. J., Walker, B. H. (Eds.)

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This book examines the ecological characteristics of tropical savanna- most simply defined as those ecosystems which lie between the equatorial rainforests and the deserts and semi-deserts of Africa, Australia and South America. These savannas form a continuum of physiognomic types ranging from closed woodlands with a heliophytic grass understorey, through open savanna woodlands to treeless edaphic grasslands. In all areas Kranz syndrome or C4 grasses dominate the herbaceous layer while the woody component, at the moist end of the moisture gradient, comprises fire tolerant trees and shrubs. Tropi ca 1 savannas occupy the greater area of the southern conti nent- some 65% of Africa, 60% of Austral ia and 45% of South America. Oespi te their vast area and their present and potential importance in terms of livestock and crop production, they have not enjoyed the intensity of research interest devoted during the last several decades to the deserts, rainforests and mediterranean regions. Indeed they are probably the least well understood of the world's major terrestrial ecosystems. With a few notable exceptions, ecological studies in tropical savannas have been 1 imited to scattered and rather di sparate ventures. The fi rst integrated study of a tropical savanna was probably that undertaken in the Ivory Coast by Lamotte and associates, while Medina and others had conducted important ecophysiological work in the Venezuelan llanos.

Table of contents (14 chapter)

  • Introduction

    Brian J. Huntley, Brian H. Walker

    Pages 1-1

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  • Brazilian “Savannas”

    G. Eiten

    Pages 25-47

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  • Chaco and Caatinga — South American Arid Savannas, Woodlands and Thickets

    E. H. Bucher

    Pages 48-79

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  • Southern African Savannas

    B. J. Huntley

    Pages 101-119

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  • The Effect of Soil Nutrient Availability on Community Structure in African Ecosystems

    R. H. V. Bell

    Pages 193-216

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecology of Tropical Savannas
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
42
Copyright
1982
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin · Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-68786-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-68786-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-68788-4
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
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