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Plants and Vegetation: Origins, Processes, Consequences [Hardcover]

Paul Keddy

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June 18 2007 0397517068 978-0397517060 1
Plants make up 99.9 percent of the world''s living matter, provide food and shelter, and control the Earth''s climate. The study of plant ecology is therefore essential to understanding the biological functions and processes of the biosphere. This vibrant new introductory textbook integrates important classical themes with recent ideas, models and data. The book begins with the origin of plants and their role in creating the biosphere as the context for discussing plant functional types and evolutionary patterns. The coverage continues logically through the exploration of causation with chapters, amongst others, on resources, stress, competition, herbivory, and mutualism. The book concludes with a chapter on conservation, addressing the concern that as many as one-third of all plant species are at risk of extinction. Each chapter is enriched with striking and unusual examples of plants (e.g., stone plants, carnivorous plants) and plant habitats (e.g., isolated tropical tepui, arctic cliffs). Paul Keddy's lively and thought-provoking style will appeal to students at all levels.

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"Overall, this is a surprisingly easy to read, remarkably thorough, and balanced textbook. The author has focused less on exhausting every aspect of plant ecology and more on creating a critical, engaging, multi-discliplinary, and pragmatic approach to some major aspects. The ultimate goal of this book seems to be to instruct and to train plant ecologists, and in this it will be successful."
Sean Hoban, Plant Sciences Bulletin

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Plants make up 99 percent of the world's living matter, provide food and shelter, and control the Earth's climate. The study of plants is therefore essential to understanding the biological functioning of the Earth. This vibrant basic textbook integrates important classical themes with newer ideas, examples, models and data.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Class required book Feb. 10 2012
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I bought this for a course called plant ecology at UF. It was a little difficult to follow and understand sometimes but overall and in combination with the course lecture I think it served me well.

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