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The Ecology of Neotropical Savannas

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ISBN 9780674418554

Publication Date: 04/25/1984

235 pages

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  • 1. The Problem of the Tropical Savanna
    • What Is a Tropical Savanna?
    • Need to Explain the Existence of Savannas
  • 2. The Architecture of the Savanna
    • Vertical Structure
    • Horizontal Structure
  • 3. The Seasonal Rhythms of the Savanna Species
    • Perennial Species with an Annual Semidormant Phase
    • Evergreen Trees with Seasonal Growth
    • The Ephemeral Species
    • Annual Species with a Long Cycle
    • Perennial Species with a Seasonal Rest Period
    • Species with Continuous Growth and Blooming
    • Summary of Phenological Strategies in Venezuelan Savannas
    • Phenology of the Species in Other Tropical Savannas and Their Comparison with the Venezuelan Savannas
  • 4. The Productive Process
    • Biomass and Production in Venezuelan Savannas
    • Methodological and Conceptual Problems in the Study of Productive Processes
    • The Productive Processes of the Tropical Savannas
    • Production Data of Other Savannas and Grasslands Summary
  • 5. Water Economy
    • The Seasonal Vibrations of Soil Moisture
    • Elements for a Discussion of the Water Balance of Tropical Savannas
    • General Conclusions
  • 6. Nutrient Economy
    • The Savanna as an Oligotrophic Ecosystem
    • The Genesis of the Relief and Its Relation to the Characteristics of the Landscapes and Soils
    • Chemistry of Savanna and Other Tropical Soils
    • The Principal Nutrients in the Vegetation
    • The Problem of Aluminum in the Savannas
    • Other Nutrients and Mineral Elements in the Vegetation
    • The Nutrient Cycles
    • The Nitrogen Economy
    • The Economy of Other Nutrients
    • The Nutrient Balance in Tropical Rain Forests
  • 7. Synthesis and Conclusions
    • Elements for an Interpretation of Savanna Ecosystems
  • References
  • Index

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