An Integrative Approach to Successional Dynamics: Tempo and by Scott J. Meiners

By Scott J. Meiners

A lot of what's thought of traditional knowledge approximately succession isn't really as transparent lower because it is usually believed. but, the significance of succession in ecology is undisputed because it bargains a true perception into the dynamics and constitution of all plant groups. half monograph and half conceptual treatise, An Integrative method of Successional Dynamics offers a unifying conceptual framework for dynamic plant groups and makes use of a special long term info set to discover the application of that framework. The fourteen chapters, every one written in a nontechnical kind and observed through various illustrations and examples, disguise different points of succession, together with neighborhood, inhabitants and disturbance dynamics, range, neighborhood meeting, heterogeneity, sensible ecology and organic invasion. This designated textual content should be a good resource of reference for researchers and graduate scholars in ecology and plant biology, in addition to others with an curiosity within the topic.

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Furthermore, Odum expects inorganic nutrients to be mainly outside of organisms early in succession but contained within biota later. Nutrient cycling is thus expected to be open early, but closed or “tight” later in succession, with rapid exchange between organisms early contrasting with slow nutrient exchanges between organisms and environment later. Hence, homeostasis is generally expected to be supported by increasing internal symbioses, conservation of nutrients and enhanced resistance to external disturbances.

With time, nuanced understandings and mechanisms of plant interaction were proposed to refine the debates. One particular conceptual advancement proposed by Egler in 1954 provided a crucial motivation for the initiation of the BSS. Egler put forth the initial floristic composition hypothesis, which suggested that all species present in the plant community during succession are present from the initiation of the successional processes following the initial disturbance. As the succession proceeds, different species dominate the community, based on their individual life-history traits.

Phenomenological theories 35 The issue of boundaries is critical because ecosystem ecology usually focuses not only on the energy and material exchanges and transformations within ecosystems, but also on the transfers across their defined boundaries. , 2002). Energetics are viewed through the lens of thermodynamic theory, and matter transformations and exchanges are governed by conservation of mass, and by the stoiochiometry of the chemicals in ecosystems, the fact that elements appear in biologically important molecules in certain proportions (Elser, 2003).

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