Ecological Studies

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes in Tropical Forests

Editors: Orians, Gordon, Dirzo, Rodolfo, Cushman, J. Hall (Eds.)

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Although biologists have directed much attention to estimating the extent and causes of species losses, the consequences for ecosystem functioning have been little studied.
This book examines the impact of biodiversity on ecosystem processes in tropical forests - one of the most species-rich and at the same time most endangered ecosystems on earth. It covers the relationships between biodiversity and primary production, secondary production, biogeochemical cycles, soil processes, plant life forms, responses to disturbance, and resistance to invasion. The analyses focus on the key ecological interfaces where the loss of keystone species is most likely to influence the rate and stability of ecosystem processes.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Orians, Gordon H. (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Plant Species Diversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Tropical Forests

    Wright, S. Joseph

    Pages 11-31

  • Consumer Diversity and Secondary Production

    Huston, Michael (et al.)

    Pages 33-47

  • Biodiversity and Biogeochemical Cycles

    Silver, Whendee L. (et al.)

    Pages 49-67

  • Microbial Diversity and Tropical Forest Functioning

    Lodge, D. Jean (et al.)

    Pages 69-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes in Tropical Forests
Editors
  • Gordon Orians
  • Rodolfo Dirzo
  • J. Hall Cushman
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
122
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-79755-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-79755-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-79757-6
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 220
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