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Forest Ecosystems

More than Just Trees

Edited by Juan Blanco

Universidad Publica De Navarra, Spain


The common idea for many people is that forests are just a collection of trees. However, they are much more than that. They are a complex, functional system of interacting and often interdependent biological, physical, and chemical components, the biological part of which has evolved to perpetuate itself. This complexity produces combinations of climate, soils, trees and plant species unique to each site, resulting in hundreds of different forest types around the world. Logically, trees are an important component for the research in forest ecosystems, but the wide variety of other life forms and abiotic components in most forests means that other elements, such as wildlife or soil nutrients, should also be the focal point in ecological studies and management plans to be carried out in forest ecosystems. In this book, the readers can find the latest research related to forest ecosystems but with a different twist. The research described here is not just on trees and is focused on the other components, structures and functions that are usually overshadowed by the focus on trees, but are equally important to maintain the diversity, function and services provided by forests. The first section of this book explores the structure and biodiversity of forest ecosystems, whereas the second section reviews the research done on ecosystem structure and functioning. The third and last section explores the issues related to forest management as an ecosystem-level activity, all of them from the perspective of the "other" parts of a forest.

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Forest EcosystemsMore than Just TreesEdited by Juan Blanco

Published: March 7th 2012

DOI: 10.5772/1127

ISBN: 978-953-51-0202-1

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-5230-9

Copyright year: 2012

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65260 Total Chapter Downloads

39 Crossref Citations

82 Web of Science Citations

100 Dimensions Citations


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1. Plant Diversity of Forests

By Ján Merganič, Katarína Merganičová, Róbert Marušák and Vendula Audolenská


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2. Arthropods and Nematodes: Functional Biodiversity in Forest Ecosystems

By Pio Federico Roversi and Roberto Nannelli


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3. Advances in Molecular Diversity of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (Phylum Glomeromycota) in Forest Ecosystems

By Camila Maistro Patreze, Milene Moreira and Siu Mui Tsai


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4. Deadwood in Forest Ecosystems

By Katarína Merganičová, Ján Merganič, Miroslav Svoboda, Radek Bače and Vladimír Šebeň


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5. Composition and Stand Structure of Tropical Moist Deciduous Forest of Similipal Biosphere Reserve, Orissa, India

By R.K. Mishra, V.P. Upadhyay, P.K. Nayak, S. Pattanaik and R.C. Mohanty


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6. Vegetation Evolution in the Mountains of Cameroon During the Last 20 000 Years: Pollen Analysis of Lake Bambili Sediments

By Chimène Assi-Kaudjhis


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7. Using Remotely Sensed Imagery for Forest Resource Assessment and Inventory

By Rodolfo Martinez Morales


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8. Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry in a Temperate Forest Catchment

By Su-Jin Kim, Hyung Tae Choi, Kyongha Kim and Chunghwa Lee


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9. Carbon Cycling in Teak Plantations in Comparison with Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests in Thailand

By Masamichi Takahashi, Dokrak Marod, Samreong Panuthai and Keizo Hirai


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10. Fertility, Microbial Biomass and Edaphic Fauna Under Forestry and Agroforestry Systems in the Eastern Amazon

By Maria de Lourdes Pinheiro Ruivo, Antonio Pereira Junior, Keila Chistina Bernardes, Cristine Bastos Amarante, Quezia Leandro Moura and Maria Lucia Jardim Macambira


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11. Plant Productivity is Temporally Enhanced by Soil Fauna Depending on the Life Stage and Abundance of Animals

By Ayu Toyota and Nobuhiro Kaneko


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12. Entomopathogenic Fungi as an Important Natural Regulator of Insect Outbreaks in Forests (Review)

By Anna Augustyniuk-Kram and Karol J. Kram


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13. Quantitative Chemical Defense Traits, Litter Decomposition and Forest Ecosystem Functioning

By Mohammed Mahabubur Rahman and Rahman Md. Motiur


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14. Genetic Sustainability of Fragmented Conifer Populations from Stressed Areas in Northern Ontario (Canada): Application of Molecular Markers

By K.K. Nkongolo, R. Narendrula, M. Mehes-Smith, S. Dobrzeniecka, K. Vandeligt, M. Ranger and P. Beckett


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15. Moving from Ecological Conservation to Restoration: An Example from Central Taiwan, Asia

By Yueh-Hsin Lo, Yi-Ching Lin, Juan A. Blanco, Chih-Wei Yu and Biing T. Guan


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16. Restoration of Forest Ecosystems on Disturbed Lands on the Northern Forest Distribution Border (North-East of European Russia)

By Irina Likhanova and Inna Archegova


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17. Close to Nature Management in High-Mountain Forests of Norway Spruce Vegetation Zone in Slovakia

By Martin Moravčík, Zuzana Sarvašová, Ján Merganič and Miroslav Kovalčík


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18. Interactions of Forest Road, Forest Harvesting and Forest Ecosystems

By Murat Demir


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19. Forest Transportation Systems as a Key Factor in Quality Management of Forest Ecosystems

By Tibor Pentek and Tomislav Poršinsky


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