SpringerBriefs in Ecology

Ecological Succession on Fallowed Shifting Cultivation Fields

A Review of the Literature

Authors: Delang, Claudio O., Li, Wing Man

  • It provides a comprehensive literature review of the ecological succession in fallowed swiddens (in tropical countries), something that is lacking at present

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About this book

The book reviews the literature on the ecological succession of plants on fallowed swiddens in tropical forests.  Patterns of ecological succession in tropical forests are insufficiently understood, partly because results are scattered through a large number of case studies reported in academic articles. So far, no publication has attempted to bring these different case studies together to identify common patters and trends. The goal of the book is to review the different case studies, and identify common patterns of ecological succession in fallowed swiddens, as well as to pinpoint the factors that cause ecological succession in some areas to differ from those in other areas. The book is organised in four different sections: forest structure, forest diversity, species composition, and the factors that contribute to differences in forest recovery rates (the number of times the field was burned, the length of fallow period, the type of soil, and the type of forest).  This book is an important contribution to tropical forestry and shifting cultivation. Deforestation and forest degradation are the largest sources of CO2, and shifting cultivation is one of the main culprits. For this (and other economic and political) reason governments attempt to curtail shifting cultivation by shortening the years the fields can be left fallow, or outright outlawing the farming practice. Yet, there is insufficient understanding of the processes of ecological succession in fallows, which raises the questions as to whether the policy fulfils its objectives.  ​

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Delang, Claudio O. (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Forest Structure

    Delang, Claudio O. (et al.)

    Pages 9-37

  • Species Richness and Diversity

    Delang, Claudio O. (et al.)

    Pages 39-66

  • Species Composition

    Delang, Claudio O. (et al.)

    Pages 67-90

  • Factors Contributing to Differences in Forest Recovery Rates

    Delang, Claudio O. (et al.)

    Pages 91-122

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eBook $34.99
price for USA (gross)
valid through November 5, 2017
  • ISBN 978-94-007-5821-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.95
price for USA
valid through November 5, 2017
  • ISBN 978-94-007-5820-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecological Succession on Fallowed Shifting Cultivation Fields
Book Subtitle
A Review of the Literature
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Ecology
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5821-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5821-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-5820-9
Series ISSN
2192-4759
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 127
Number of Illustrations and Tables
41 b/w illustrations
Topics