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Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology

Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology
Understanding Element Cycles

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  • Date Published: July 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521646512

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  • The cycling of elements such as carbon and nitrogen is of central importance in ecology, particularly when humans are causing changes to nutrient cycles on a global scale. This book develops a rigorous mathematical framework to illustrate how nutrient cycles operate and interact in plants and soils, forming the foundations of a new ecosystem theory. Powerful predictions can be generated covering a wide range of ecological phenomena related to nutrient cycling from a few basic equations. These predictions are tested extensively against field and laboratory studies of agricultural and forest ecosystems.

    • Cutting edge research in theoretical ecology
    • Provides a rigorous mathematical framework for analysing element cycles in ecosystems
    • Covers practical applications to forestry and climate change
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...settle in front of the fire for an enjoyable winter's evening reading this book, whose writing combines brilliant clarity and brevity with profound depth." BioScience

    "The presentation throughout the book is heavily mathematical. But the authors present good explanations and do not presume an extensive background...the authors admirably achieve their objective. They present a simple algebraic set of equations that capture major features of the plant-litter complex." R.V. O'Neill, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology

    "...readers of this book can expect to learn a great deal about element cycling, and to gain a better appreciation for what a theoretical approach offers to the field fo ecosystem ecology." James W. McClelland, Ecology

    "...the authors are physicists and their book is very mathematical in its approach. It is intended for graduate students and scientists in the field, but it will also be of great interest to students of soil science, plant ecology, forestry, agronomy, and biochemistry." Environment

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    • Date Published: July 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521646512
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 66 b/w illus. 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    List of important symbols
    Part I. Prelude:
    1. Introduction
    2. Element cycling
    3. Part II. The Soil:
    3. Theory for homogeneous substrates
    4. Theory for heterogeneous substrates
    5. Carbon and nitrogen - applications
    6. Carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur - applications
    7. Interactions with abiotic factors
    Part III. The Plant:
    8. Theory for plant growth
    9. Plant growth - applications and extensions
    Part IV. The Ecosystem:
    10. Elements of an ecosystem theory
    11. Ecosystems - applications
    12. Quality - bridge between plant and soil
    Epilogue
    Appendices
    References
    Solutions to selected problems
    Index.

  • Authors

    Goran I. Agren, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

    Ernesto Bosatta, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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