Ecological Studies

Fire in South African Mountain Fynbos

Ecosystem, Community and Species Response at Swartboskloof

Editors: Wilgen, B.W. van, Richardson, D.M., Kruger, F.J., Hensbergen, H.J. van (Eds.)

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Ecologists are increasingly being drawn into the task of addressing problems of environmental degradation. They are expected to find solutions that will lead to sustainable resource use throughout the world. In doing so, the robustness of the science becomes increasingly important, and the problem of extrapolating the results of research conducted within what is usually a relatively limited geographical scope is increasingly highlighted. One approach to developing a globally robust ecology involves more or less formal intercontinental comparative studies, usually focused on the question of ecological convergence. These studies are directed at testing the prediction that similar physical and other environmental factors in different parts of the world, through their selective influences, will give rise to ecosystems which share comĀ­ mon structural and functional features. Should this be true, the predictive power of ecology developed within such a framework should be sufficient to solve similar problems elsewhere in such biomes. There is a long history of such an approach in mediterraneanĀ­ type ecosystems, documented in a series of volumes and their accompanying scientific papers beginning with that of Di Castri and Mooney (1973).

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • The Swartboskloof Experimental Site

    Wilgen, B. W. (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • The Climate of Swartboskloof

    Versfeld, D. B. (et al.)

    Pages 21-36

  • Fuel Properties of Vegetation in Swartboskloof

    Wilgen, B. W. (et al.)

    Pages 37-53

  • Regeneration Strategies in Fynbos Plants and Their Influence on the Stability of Community Boundaries After Fire

    Wilgen, B. W. (et al.)

    Pages 54-80

  • Is Fynbos a Stage in Succession to Forest? Analysis of the Perceived Ecological Distinction Between Two Communities

    Manders, P. T. (et al.)

    Pages 81-107

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fire in South African Mountain Fynbos
Book Subtitle
Ecosystem, Community and Species Response at Swartboskloof
Editors
  • Brian W. van Wilgen
  • David M. Richardson
  • Frederick J. Kruger
  • Hubertus J. van Hensbergen
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
93
Copyright
1992
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-76174-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-76174-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-76176-8
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 325
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