Our knowledge of the ecology of tropical rain-forest trees is limited, with detailed information available for perhaps only a few hundred of the many thousand of species that occur. Yet a good understanding of the trees is essential to unravelling the workings of the forest itself. This book aims to summarise contemporary understanding of the ecology of tropical rain-forest trees. The emphasis is on comparative ecology, an approach that can help to identify possible adaptive trends and evolutionary constraints and which may also lead to a workable ecological classification for tree species, conceptually simplifying the rain-forest community and making it more amenable to analysis.
• Unique in focusing on the trees that make up the forest
• Emphasises the comparative ecology of the different species
• Provides a critical analysis of ecological classification systems
316pp. Paperback. Black and white photographs and tables.
Publisher: - Cambridge University Press - more
Code: - ISBN: 9780521063746
Year: - 2008 paperback re-issue of 2001 hardback edition
Authors: - I M Turner