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The biology of deserts

Author: David Ward
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Series: Biology of habitats.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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"This book offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to desert ecology and adopts a strong evolutionary focus. As with other titles in the Biology of Habitats Series, the emphasis in the book is on the organisms that dominate this harsh environment, although theoretical and experimental aspects are also discussed. In this updated second edition, there is a greater focus on the effects of climate change and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Ward
ISBN: 9780198732754 0198732759 9780198732761 0198732767
OCLC Number: 954256802
Notes: Previous edition: 2009.
Description: xv, 370 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Abiotic factors --
Morphological and physiological adaptations of desert plants to the abiotic environment --
Morphological, physiological, and behavioural adaptations of desert animals to the abiotic environment --
The role of competition and facilitation in structuring desert communities --
The importance of predation and parasitism --
Plant-animal interactions in deserts --
Desert food webs and ecosystem ecology --
Biodiversity and biogeography of deserts --
Human impacts and desertification --
Conservation of deserts.
Series Title: Biology of habitats.
Responsibility: David Ward.

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A revised and thoroughly updated edition of this concise but comprehensive introduction to desert ecology.  Read more...

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Wards book is a highly readable introduction to the many facets of desert biology and is rich in fascinating details. Theory and examples are nicely interwoven and supplemented by numerous figures Read more...

 
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