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Tropical Forests


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.

The publication of this book was supported by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations

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Tropical ForestsEdited by Padmini Sudarshana

Published: March 14th 2012

DOI: 10.5772/1410

ISBN: 978-953-51-0255-7

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-4324-6

Copyright year: 2012

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66949 Total Chapter Downloads

44 Crossref Citations

118 Web of Science Citations

128 Dimensions Citations


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1. Structure, Diversity, Threats and Conservation of Tropical Forests

By Madhugiri Nageswara-Rao, Jaya R. Soneji and Padmini Sudarshana


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2. Comparing Litterfall and Standing Vegetation: Assessing the Footprint of Litterfall Traps

By Marcela Zalamea, Grizelle González and William A. Gould


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3. Direct and Indirect Effects of Millipedes on the Decay of Litter of Varying Lignin Content

By Grizelle González, Christina M. Murphy and Juliana Belén


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4. Quantifying Variation of Soil Arthropods Using Different Sampling Protocols: Is Diversity Affected?

By María Fernanda Barberena-Arias, Grizelle González and Elvira Cuevas


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5. Patterns of Plant Species Richness Within Families and Genera in Lowland Neotropical Forests: Are Similarities Related to Ecological Factors or to Chance?

By Pablo R. Stevenson, María Clara Castellanos and Juliana Agudelo T.


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6. Dispersion, an Important Radiation Mechanism for Ectomycorrhizal Fungi in Neotropical Lowland Forests?

By Bernard Moyersoen


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7. The Role of Environmental Heterogeneity in Maintenance of Anuran Amphibian Diversity of the Brazilian Mesophytic Semideciduous Forest

By Tiago Gomes dos Santos,Tiago da Silveira Vasconcelos and Célio Fernando Baptista Haddad


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8. Gap Area and Tree Community Regeneration in a Tropical Semideciduous Forest

By André R. Terra Nascimento, Glein M. Araújo, Aelton B. Giroldo and Pedro Paulo F. Silva


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9. Seed Dispersal and Tree Spatial Recruitment Patterns in Secondary Tropical Rain Forests

By Fred Babweteera


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10. Human-Altered Mesoherbivore Densities and Cascading Effects on Plant and Animal Communities in Fragmented Tropical Forests

By Nicole L. Michel and Thomas W. Sherry


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11. Floristic Composition, Diversity and Status of Threatened Medicinal Plants in Tropical Forests of Malyagiri Hill Ranges, Eastern Ghats, India

By S. C. Sahu and N. K. Dhal


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12. A Review of Above Ground Necromass in Tropical Forests

By Michael Palace, Michael Keller, George Hurtt and Steve Frolking


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13. Seasonal Pattern of Vegetative Cover from NDVI Time-Series

By Dyah R. Panuju and Bambang H. Trisasongko


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14. Measuring Tropical Deforestation with Error Margins: A Method for REDD Monitoring in South-Eastern Mexico

By Stéphane Couturier, Juan Manuel Núñez and Melanie Kolb


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15. Natural Forest Change in Hainan, China, 1991-2008 and Conservation Suggestions

By Mingxia Zhang and Jianguo Zhu


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16. Exchange of Carbon Between the Atmosphere and the Tropical Amazon Rainforest

By Julio Tóta, David Roy Fitzjarrald and Maria A.F. da Silva Dias


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17. Direct Sowing: An Alternative to the Restoration of Ecosystems of Tropical Forests

By Robério Anastácio Ferreira and Paula Luíza Santos


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18. Patterns of Tree Mortality in a Monodominant Tropical Forest

By Patrick J. Hart


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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)

By M. Canuto, G. Zorzin, E.P.M. Carvalho-Filho, C.E.A. Carvalho, G.D.M. Carvalho and C.E.R.T Benfica


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