Edited by Padmini Sudarshana, Madhugiri Nageswara-Rao and Jaya R. Soneji, ISBN 978-953-51-0255-7, 388 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published March 14, 2012 under CC BY 3.0 license
The astounding richness and biodiversity of tropical forests is rapidly dwindling. This has severely altered the vital biogeochemical cycles of carbon, phosphorus, nitrogen etc. and has led to the change in global climate and pristine natural ecosystems. In this elegant book, we have defined "Tropical Forests" broadly, into five different themes: (1) tropical forest structure, synergy, synthesis, (2) tropical forest fragmentation, (3) impact of anthropogenic pressure, (4) Geographic Information System and remote sensing, and (5) tropical forest protection and process. The cutting-edge synthesis, detailed current reviews, several original data-rich case studies, recent experiments/experiences from leading scientists across the world are presented as unique chapters. Though, the chapters differ noticeably in the geographic focus, diverse ecosystems, time and approach, they share these five important themes and help in understanding, educating, and creating awareness on the role of "Tropical Forests" for the very survival of mankind, climate change, and the diversity of biota across the globe. This book will be of great use to the students, scientists, ecologists, population and conservation biologists, and forest managers across the globe.
- Chapter 1 Structure, Diversity, Threats and Conservation of Tropical Forests
- Chapter 2 Comparing Litterfall and Standing Vegetation: Assessing the Footprint of Litterfall Traps
- Chapter 3 Direct and Indirect Effects of Millipedes on the Decay of Litter of Varying Lignin Content
- Chapter 4 Quantifying Variation of Soil Arthropods Using Different Sampling Protocols: Is Diversity Affected?
- Chapter 5 Patterns of Plant Species Richness Within Families and Genera in Lowland Neotropical Forests: Are Similarities Related to Ecological Factors or to Chance?
- Chapter 6 Dispersion, an Important Radiation Mechanism for Ectomycorrhizal Fungi in Neotropical Lowland Forests?
- Chapter 7 The Role of Environmental Heterogeneity in Maintenance of Anuran Amphibian Diversity of the Brazilian Mesophytic Semideciduous Forest
- Chapter 8 Gap Area and Tree Community Regeneration in a Tropical Semideciduous Forest
- Chapter 9 Seed Dispersal and Tree Spatial Recruitment Patterns in Secondary Tropical Rain Forests
- Chapter 10 Human-Altered Mesoherbivore Densities and Cascading Effects on Plant and Animal Communities in Fragmented Tropical Forests
- Chapter 11 Floristic Composition, Diversity and Status of Threatened Medicinal Plants in Tropical Forests of Malyagiri Hill Ranges, Eastern Ghats, India
- Chapter 12 A Review of Above Ground Necromass in Tropical Forests
- Chapter 13 Seasonal Pattern of Vegetative Cover from NDVI Time-Series
- Chapter 14 Measuring Tropical Deforestation with Error Margins: A Method for REDD Monitoring in South-Eastern Mexico
- Chapter 15 Natural Forest Change in Hainan, China, 1991-2008 and Conservation Suggestions
- Chapter 16 Exchange of Carbon Between the Atmosphere and the Tropical Amazon Rainforest
- Chapter 17 Direct Sowing: An Alternative to the Restoration of Ecosystems of Tropical Forests
- Chapter 18 Patterns of Tree Mortality in a Monodominant Tropical Forest
- Chapter 19 Conservation, Management and Expansion of Protected and Non-Protected Tropical Forest Remnants Through Population Density Estimation, Ecology and Natural History of Top Predators; Case Studies of Birds of Prey (Spizaetus taxon)