California Grasslands

California Grasslands

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qThis highly synthetic and scholarly work brings together new and important scientific contributions by leading experts on a rich diversity of topics concerning the history, ecology, and conservation of California's endangered grasslands. The editors and authors have succeeded admirably in drawing from a great wealth of recent research to produce a widely accessible and compelling, state-of-the-art treatment of this fascinating subject. Anyone interested in Californian biodiversity or grassland ecosystems in general will find this book to be an invaluable resource and a major inspiration for further research, management, and restoration efforts.q--Bruce G. Baldwin, W. L. Jepson Professor and Curator, UC Berkeley qGrasses and grasslands are among the most important elements of the California landscape. This is their book, embodying the kind of integrated view needed for all ecological communities in California. Approaches ranging across an incredibly broad spectrum -- paleontology and human history; basic science and practical management techniques; systematics, community ecology, physiology, and genetics; physical factors such as water, soil nutrients, atmospherics, and fire; biological factors such as competition, symbiosis, and grazing -- are nicely tied together due to careful editorial work. This is an indispensable reference for everyone interested in the California environment.q--Brent Mishler, Director of the University a Jepson Herbaria and Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley qThe structure and function of California grasslands have intrigued ecologists for decades. The editors of this volume have assembled a comprehensive set of reviews by a group of outstanding authors on the natural history, structure, management, and restoration of this economically and ecologically important ecosystem.q--Scott L. Collins, Professor of Biology, University of New MexicoAustin, A. T., and L. Vivanco. 2006. Plant litter decomposition ... Conservation Biology 8:763-769. Balciunas, J. D., and B. Villegas. ... Grass manual on the Web. default.htm. Barr, C. M. 2004. Hybridization anbsp;...

Title:California Grasslands
Author:Mark R. Stromberg, Jeffrey D. Corbin, Carla Marie D'Antonio
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2007


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