Alpine Ecosystems in the Northwest Caucasus by Vladimir G. OnipchenkoAlpine Ecosystems in the Northwest Caucasus by Vladimir G. Onipchenko

Alpine Ecosystems in the Northwest Caucasus

byVladimir G. Onipchenko

Paperback | December 4, 2010

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The book represents results of 20 years' worth of ecological investigation of alpine ecosystems in the Northwest Caucasus. 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. The book will be of interest to plant ecologists, botanists, biogeographers, soil scientists, zoologists, soil microbiologists, naturalists and nature conservation managers dealing with high mountain ecology.
Title:Alpine Ecosystems in the Northwest CaucasusFormat:PaperbackDimensions:410 pages, 27.9 × 21 × 0.02 inPublished:December 4, 2010Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9048166497

ISBN - 13:9789048166497


Table of Contents

Contributors Acknowledgement Preface 1. Geography, geology, climate and the communities studied (V.G. Onipchenko) 2. Soils and nutrient turnover (T.I. Malysheva, V.G. Onipchenko, Makarov M.L, A.V. Volkov, L.V. Bulatnikova) 3. Plant geographical description of he area (V.N. Pavlov) 4. Alpine plant communities: syntaxonomy, floristic composition and richness (V.G. Onipchenko) 5. Structure and dynamics of closed alpine communities (O.V. Cherednichenko, V.G. Onipchenko, M.I. Makarov, K.A. Golikov, O.V. Blinkova, A.A. Zakharov, M.S. Blinnikov) 6. Population biology of alpine plants (I.E. Sizov, N.V. Mikhailova, A.N. Mikhailov, V.G. Onipchenko, A.S. Komarov) 7. Experimental study of plant relationships (E.V. Volkova, V.G. Onipchenko, M.S. Blinnikov, A.A. Aksenova, O.V. Cherednichenko) 8. Soil algae and cyanobacteria in the alpine plant communities (L. Rasran) 9. Fungi, mycorrhiza, and microbiological processes in the alpine ecosystems (M.V. Sogonov, L.L. Velikanov, K.L. Tarasov, V.G. Onipchenko, T.N. Leinsoo, M.V. Sogonov, A.L. Stepanov) 10. Animals and their influence on plant communities (M.N. Ivanenko, V.G. Onipchenko, S.V. Fomin, M.A. Gerasimova, A.N. Dobrolyubov, A.P. Mikhailenko) 11. Human activity and nature conservation problems (I.K. Semenov, D.A. Petelin) References Species index

Editorial Reviews

From the reviews:"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)