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Serpentine : the evolution and ecology of a model system

Author: Susan Harrison; Nishanta Rajakaruna
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2011.
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Serpentine soils have long fascinated biologists for the specialized floras they support and the challenges they pose to plant survival and growth. This volume focuses on what scientists have learned about major questions in earth history, evolution, ecology, conservation, and restoration from the study of serpentine areas, especially in California. Results from molecular studies offer insight into evolutionary  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Harrison; Nishanta Rajakaruna
ISBN: 9780520268357 0520268350
OCLC Number: 632224033
Description: xiv, 446 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. ONE SERPENTINE AS A MODEL IN EARTH HISTORY AND EVOLUTION --
1. Serpentinites and Other Ultramafic Rocks: Why They Are Important for Earth's History and Possibly for Its Future --
2. Microbes in Extreme Environments: Implications for Life on the Early Earth and Other Planets --
3. Phylogenetic Patterns of Endemism and Diversity --
4. Plant Speciation --
5. Intraspecific Variation, Adaptation, and Evolution --
6. Genomic Approaches to Understanding Adaptation --
7. Local Adaptation in Heterogeneous Landscapes: Reciprocal Transplant Experiments and Beyond --
8. Herbivory and Other Cross-Kingdom Interactions on Harsh Soils --
9. Invasions and the Evolution of Range Limits --
pt. TWO SERPENTINE AS A MODEL IN ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION. 10. Plant Competition and Facilitation in Systems with Strong Environmental Gradients --
11. Community Invisibility: Spatial Heterogeneity, Spatial Scale, and Productivity --
12. Disturbance and Diversity in Low-Productivity Ecosystems --
13. Plant-Pollinator Interactions in Naturally Fragmented Habitats --
14. Spatial Ecology: The Effects of Habitat Patch Size, Shape, and Isolation on Ecological Processes --
15. Systematic Conservation Planning: Protecting Rarity, Representation, and Connectivity in Regional Landscapes --
16. Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and Global Change --
17. Climate Change and Plant Communities on Unusual Soils --
18. Restoration and Revegetation of Harsh Soils --
pt. THREE SYNTHESIS --
19. What Have We Learned from Serpentine in Evolution, Ecology, and Other Sciences?
Responsibility: edited by Susan Harrison, Nishanta Rajakaruna.

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Serpentine soils have long fascinated biologists for the specialized floras they support and the challenges they pose to plant survival and growth. This work focuses on what scientists have learned  Read more...

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