Grasses and Grassland Ecology

Paperback | October 30, 2008

byDavid J. Gibson

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Grasslands, in particular managed pastures and rangelands, are widespread, covering approximately 40% (52 million km2) of the Earth's land surface. They are dominated by members of the Poaceae - the fourth largest plant family with over 7,500 species, and also the most widespread. Grasslandsconstitute a major biome on all continents except Antarctica and also represent the most important food crop on Earth with corn, wheat, maize, rice and millet accounting for the majority of our agricultural output.iGrasses and Grassland Ecology/i provides an ecologically orientated introduction to this influential group of plants, summarizing the most recent scientific research in ecology and agriculture in the context of the older, classic literature. Ten chapters cover the morphology, anatomy, physiologyand systematics of grasses, their population, community and ecosystem ecology, their global distribution, and the effects of disturbance and grassland management. This comprehensive and accessible textbook is suitable for graduate level students as well as professional researchers in the fields of plant ecology, rangeland science, crop science, and agriculture.

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Grasslands, in particular managed pastures and rangelands, are widespread, covering approximately 40% (52 million km2) of the Earth's land surface. They are dominated by members of the Poaceae - the fourth largest plant family with over 7,500 species, and also the most widespread. Grasslandsconstitute a major biome on all continents ex...

David Gibson, PhD was born and raised in Cuckfield, England. He obtained his BSc in botany from the University of Reading and went on to take a MS in botany from the University of Oklahoma, USA and PhD from the University of Wales. Gibson has published over 90 papers in scientific journals, most dealing with grasses or grasslands. His...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:October 30, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198529198

ISBN - 13:9780198529194

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Preface1. Introduction2. Systematics and Evolution3. Ecological Morphology and Anatomy4. Physiology5. Population Ecology6. Community Ecology7. Ecosystem Ecology8. World Grasslands9. Disturbance10. Management and RestorationReferences