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Ecology : individuals, populations, and communities

Author: Michael Begon; John L Harper; Colin R Townsend
Publisher: Boston : Blackwell Scientific Publications ; Brookline Village, Mass. : Distributors, USA, Publishers' Business Services, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
This book is about the distribution and abundance of different types of organism over the face of the earth, and about the physical, chemical but especially the biological features and interactions that determine these distributions and abundances. It deals explicitly with three levels of the biological hierarchy - the organisms, the populations of organisms, and the communities of populations.

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Genre/Form: Educational tools (form)
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Begon; John L Harper; Colin R Townsend
ISBN: 0865421110 9780865421110 9780632023448 0632023449 9780632023455 0632023457
OCLC Number: 20133553
Description: xii, 945 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction: Ecology and its Domain --
Part I. Organisms: --
Introduction --
The Match between Organisms and their Environments --
Conditions --
Resources --
Life and Death in Unitary and Modular Organisms --
Dispersal, Dispersion and Migration in Space and Time --
Part II. Interactions: --
Introduction --
Intraspecific Competition --
Interspecific Competition --
The Nature of Predation --
The Behaviour of Predators --
The Population Dynamics of Predation --
Decomposers and Detritivores --
Parasitism and Disease --
Symbiosis and Mutualism --
Part III. Three Overviews: --
Introduction --
Life-History Variation --
Abundance --
Manipulating Abundance: Killing and Culling --
Part IV. Communities: --
Introduction --
The Nature of the Community --
The Flux of Energy through Communities --
The Flux of Matter through Communities --
The Influence of Competition on Community Structure --
The Influence of Predation and Disturbance on Community Structure --
Food Webs --
Islands, Areas and Colonization --
Patterns in Species Richness --
Conservation and Biodiversity --
Responsibility: Michael Begon, John L. Harper, Colin R. Townsend.


Studies on animals and plants are integrated throughout, and there are several chapters dealing with topics that generally receive little attention. Mathematical and laboratory studies are described  Read more...


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