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The Functioning of Ecosystems

Edited by Mahamane Ali

Abdou Moumouni University, Niger

The ecosystems present a great diversity worldwide and use various functionalities according to ecologic regions. In this new context of variability and climatic changes, these ecosystems undergo notable modifications amplified by domestic uses of which it was subjected to. Indeed the ecosystems render diverse services to humanity from their composition and structure but the tolerable levels are unknown. The preservation of these ecosystemic services needs a clear understanding of their complexity. The role of the research is not only to characterise the ecosystems but also to clearly define the tolerable usage levels. Their characterisation proves to be important not only for the local populations that use it but also for the conservation of biodiversity. Hence, the measurement, management and protection of ecosystems need innovative and diverse methods. For all these reasons, the aim of this book is to bring out a general view on the biogeochemical cycles, the ecological imprints, the mathematical models and theories applicable to many situations.

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The Functioning of EcosystemsEdited by Mahamane Ali

Published: April 27th 2012

DOI: 10.5772/2661

ISBN: 978-953-51-0573-2

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-5290-3

Copyright year: 2012

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35289 Total Chapter Downloads

14 Crossref Citations

38 Web of Science Citations

53 Dimensions Citations


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1. Autonomic Management of Networked Small-Medium Factories

By Flavio Bonfatti, Matteo Berselli, Luca Martinelli and Federico Stradi


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2. Land Cover/Use Dynamics and Vegetation Characteristics in the Rural District of Simiri (Tillabery Region, Niger)

By Karim Saley, M. Zaman Allah, Boubé Morou, A. Mahamane and M. Saadou


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3. Organizational Ecosystems: Interaction and Alignment Towards Innovation

By Adalberto Mantovani Martiniano de Azevedo, Ana Karina da Silva Bueno, Antonio José Balloni, Moacir de Souza Dias Neto and Marco Antonio Silveira


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4. The Effects of the N-Fixing Tree Pentaclethra macroloba on the Above and Below Ground Communities Within a Primary Forest in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica

By W.D. Eaton, D. Shebitz, K. Niemiera and C. Looby


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5. Sustainable Solutions for an Environmentally and Socially Just Society

By Sukhmander Singh


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6. Phosphate Solubilization and Mobilization in Soil Through Microorganisms Under Arid Ecosystems

By B. K. Yadav and Arvind Verma


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7. Human Impacts on a Small Island Ecosystem: Lessons from the Lucayans of San Salvador, Bahamas for This Island Earth

By Jeffrey P. Blick


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8. Tidal Wetlands Restoration

By Roy C. Messaros, Gail S. Woolley, Michael J. Morgan and Patricia S. Rafferty


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9. Ecological Footprint Applied in Agro-Ecosystems: Methods and Case Studies

By Alessandro K. Cerutti, Gabriele L. Beccaro, Marco Bagliani, Simone Contu, Dario Donno and Giancarlo Bounous


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10. Techniques for Assessment of Heavy Metal Toxicity Using Acanthamoeba sp, a Small, Naked and Free-Living Amoeba

By Nakisah Mat Amin


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11. Commercial Exploitation of Zooplankton in the Norwegian Sea

By Eduardo Grimaldo and Svein Helge Gjøsund


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12. Evidence of Island Effects in South African Enterprise Ecosystems

By Daan Toerien and Maitland Seaman


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13. Toxicity Analysis of Effluent Released During Recovery of Metals from Polymetallic Sea Nodules Using Fish Haematological Parameters

By Huma Vaseem and T.K. Banerjee


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14. Environmental Assessment of Brick Kilns in Chihuahua State, México, Using Digital Cartography

By Alba Yadira Corral Avitia and Antonio De la Mora Covarrubias


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15. Challenges to the Expansion of Ethanol Production in Brazil

By Ester Galli


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16. Analysis of Hydrologic Alteration Due to River Diversion

By Giancarlo Principato and Giuseppe Viggiani


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