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Biotic Interactions in the Tropics
Their Role in the Maintenance of Species Diversity

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John J. Ewel, Ankila Hiremath, Lourens Poorter, Jim Dalling, David Burslem, Maria Uriarte, Stephen P. Hubbell, Robert John, Roger Condit, Charles D. Canham, Drew Purves, Steve Pacala, Greg Gilbert, Ian Alexander, Lee Su See, Edward Allen Herre, Damond Kyllo, Scott Mangan, Rebecca Husband, Luis C. Mejia, Ahn-Heum Eom, S. A. Van Bael, Z. Maynard, N. Robbins, J. Bischoff, A. E. Arnold, E. Rojas, R. A. Cordero, C. Woodward, Jaboury Ghazoul, Helene Muller-Landau, Denise Hardesty, Joe Fragoso, Bob Marquis, Fergus Massey, Malcolm Press, Sue Hartley, Deborah Letourneau, Lee Dyer, Doyle McKey, Laurence Gaume, Carine Brouat, Bruno Di Gusto, Laurence Pascal, Gabriel Debout, Ambroise Dalecky, Martin Heil, Paulo S. Oliveira, Kleber Del-Claro, William F. Laurance, Saara DeWalt, Ariel Lugo, Thomas Brandeis, R. Sukumar, H. S. Suresh, H. S. Dattaraja, A. Srinidhi, C. Nath, Michelle Pinard
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  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521609852

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  • To understand how tropical ecosystems function we need to appreciate not only what plants, animals and microbes they contain, but how they interact with each other. This volume synthesizes the current state of knowledge of tropical biotic interaction, with chapters providing reviews or case studies drawn from research conducted in both Old and New World tropics, including interactions among taxa at all levels. An underlying theme of the volume is revealing the importance of the maintenance of high diversity in tropical regions.

    • Broad scope across plant, animal and microbial ecology
    • Covers both Old World and New World tropics
    • Includes contributions from key practitioners in the field
    • Provides the most recent information from emerging research areas
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    “Key topics include the maintenance of tree species richness, ant-plant interactions, mycorrhizal fungi, seed dispersal, and pollination biology. An extensive index, literature review, and handsome production make this volume a valuable addition to libraries.”
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    "I am convinced this volume will be useful for a variety of readers, ranging from students to experienced researchers in tropical biology."
    Rodolfo Dirzo, ECOLOGY

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    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521609852
    • length: 580 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 155 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.15kg
    • contains: 85 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Plant-Plant Interactions:
    1. Plant-plant interactions in tropical rainforests John J. Ewel and Ankila Hiremath
    2. Resource capture and use by tropical forest tree seedlings and its consequences for competition Lourens Poorter
    3. Role of life-history trade-offs in the equalisation and differentiation of tropical tree species Jim Dalling and David Burslem
    4. Neighbourhood effects on sapling growth and survival in a neotropical forest and the ecological equivalence hypothesis Maria Uriarte, Stephen P. Hubbell, Robert John, Roger Condit and Charles D. Canham
    5. Ecological drift in niche-structured communities: neutral pattern does not imply neutral process Drew Purves and Steve Pacala
    Part II. Plant-Microbe Interactions:
    6. Dimensions of disease in tropical forests Greg Gilbert
    7. Mycorrhizas and ecosystem processes in tropical rain forests: implications for diversity Ian Alexander and Lee Su See
    8. An overview of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal composition, distribution, and host effects from a tropical moist forest Edward Allen Herre, Damond Kyllo, Scott Mangan, Rebecca Husband, Luis C. Mejia and Ahn-Heum Eom
    9. Tropical plants as chimera: some implications of foliar endophytic fungi for the study of host plants defense, physiology, and genetics Edward Allen Herre, S. A. Van Bael, Z. Maynard, N. Robbins, J. Bischoff, A. E. Arnold, E. Rojas, L. C. Mejia, R. A. Cordero, C. Woodward and D. A. Kyllo
    Part III. Plant-Animal Interactions:
    10. Implications of spatial distribution on pollination and seed production and dispersal Jaboury Ghazoul
    11. Seed dispersal of woody plants in tropical forests: concepts, examples and future directions Helene Muller-Landau and Denise Hardesty
    12. The role of trophic interactions in community initiation, maintenance and degradation Joe Fragoso
    13. Impacts of herbivores on tropical plant diversity Bob Marquis
    14. Have the impacts of insect herbivores on the growth of tropical tree seedlings been underestimated? Fergus Massey, Malcolm Press and Sue Hartley
    15. Multi-trophic interactions and biodiversity: beetles, ants, caterpillars and plants Deborah Letourneau and Lee Dyer
    16. The trophic structure of tropical ant-plant-herbivore interactions: community consequences and coevolutionary dynamics Doyle McKey, Laurence Gaume, Carine Brouat, Bruno Di Gusto, Laurence Pascal, Gabriel Debout, Ambroise Dalecky and Martin Heil
    17. Multitrophic interactions in a neotropical savanna: ant-hemipteran systems, associated insect herbivores, and a host plant Paulo S. Oliveira and Kleber Del-Claro
    Part IV. Biotic Interactions in Human-Sominated Landscapes:
    18. The disruption of biotic interactions in fragmented tropical landscapes William F. Laurance
    19. Effects of natural enemies on tropical plant invasions Saara DeWalt
    20. A new mix of alien and native species coexist in Puerto Rico's landscapes Ariel Lugo and Thomas Brandeis
    21. The dynamics of a tropical dry forest in India: climate, fire, elephants and the evolution of life history strategies R. Sukumar, H. S. Suresh, H. S. Dattaraja, A. Srinidhi and C. Nath
    22. Changes in plant communities associated with timber management in natural forests in the moist tropics Michelle Pinard.

  • Editors

    David Burslem, University of Aberdeen
    David Burslem is Senior Lecturer in Tropical Plant Science at the University of Aberdeen. His current research focuses on tropical forest sites in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Ecuador.

    Michelle Pinard, University of Aberdeen
    Michelle Pinard is Lecturer in Tropical Forestry at the University of Aberdeen. Her research focuses on sites in Ghana, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Bolivia.

    Sue Hartley, University of Sussex
    Sue Hartley is Reader in Ecology at the University of Sussex, specialising in the study of plant-animal interactions.

    Contributors

    John J. Ewel, Ankila Hiremath, Lourens Poorter, Jim Dalling, David Burslem, Maria Uriarte, Stephen P. Hubbell, Robert John, Roger Condit, Charles D. Canham, Drew Purves, Steve Pacala, Greg Gilbert, Ian Alexander, Lee Su See, Edward Allen Herre, Damond Kyllo, Scott Mangan, Rebecca Husband, Luis C. Mejia, Ahn-Heum Eom, S. A. Van Bael, Z. Maynard, N. Robbins, J. Bischoff, A. E. Arnold, E. Rojas, R. A. Cordero, C. Woodward, Jaboury Ghazoul, Helene Muller-Landau, Denise Hardesty, Joe Fragoso, Bob Marquis, Fergus Massey, Malcolm Press, Sue Hartley, Deborah Letourneau, Lee Dyer, Doyle McKey, Laurence Gaume, Carine Brouat, Bruno Di Gusto, Laurence Pascal, Gabriel Debout, Ambroise Dalecky, Martin Heil, Paulo S. Oliveira, Kleber Del-Claro, William F. Laurance, Saara DeWalt, Ariel Lugo, Thomas Brandeis, R. Sukumar, H. S. Suresh, H. S. Dattaraja, A. Srinidhi, C. Nath, Michelle Pinard

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