Plant Ecology in the Middle East

Hardcover | February 13, 2016

byAhmad Hegazy, Jonathan Lovett-Doust

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This advanced textbook explores the intriguing flora and plant ecology of the Middle East, framed by a changing desert landscape, global climate change, and the arc of human history. This vast region has been largely under-recognized, under-studied, and certainly under-published, due in partto the challenges posed to research by political disputes and human conflict, and a treatise on the subject is now timely. The book integrates Middle Eastern plant geography and its major drivers (geo-tectonics, seed and fruit dispersal, plant functional types, etc.) with the principles of plantecology. The authors include the many specialized adaptations to desert and dryland ecosystems including succulence, water-conserving photosynthesis, and a remarkable range of other life history strategies. They explore the formation of 'climate relicts', and describe the long history ofdomestication in the region together with the many reciprocal effects of agriculture on plant ecology. The book concludes by discussing conservation in the region, highlighting five regional biodiversity hotspots where the challenges of desertification, habitat loss, and other threats to plantbiodiversity are particularly acute.Plant Ecology in the Middle East is a timely synthesis of the field, setting a new baseline for future research. It will be important reading for both undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in plant ecology, evolution, systematics, biodiversity, and conservation, and will also be ofinterest and use to a professional audience of botanists, conservation biologists, and practitioners working in dryland ecosystems.

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This advanced textbook explores the intriguing flora and plant ecology of the Middle East, framed by a changing desert landscape, global climate change, and the arc of human history. This vast region has been largely under-recognized, under-studied, and certainly under-published, due in partto the challenges posed to research by politi...

Ahmad Hegazy: Graduate of Cairo University (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) and University of Alberta, Canada (Ph.D.). Presently Professor at Cairo University (Applied Plant Ecology and Environmental Science). Supervision of over 45 Ph.D. and M.Sc. students. Research in population and community ecology of desert, coastal and mountain ecosystems; biod...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.97 inPublished:February 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199660816

ISBN - 13:9780199660810

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Table of Contents

1. 'Drylandia' and the Dawn of Time: Introduction to Plant Ecology in the Middle East2. The Lay of the Land: Plant Geography in the Middle East3. Continents in Motion and Global Climate Change: Understanding Past and Present Plant Communities4. The Desert as a Heterogeneous Environment5. Growing Up Dry6. Sex in a Hot Dry Place7. Seed Dispersal, Dormancy, and 'Bet-hedging' in Desert Plants8. Chemical Ecology in the Desert9. Agriculture and Plant Ecology10. Human Impacts and Plant Conservation11. Conclusions