Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests

Capa
Cambridge University Press, 24 de nov de 1995 - 450 páginas
Prolonged seasonal drought affects most of the tropics, including vast areas presently or recently dominated by 'dry forests'. These forests have received scant attention, despite the fact that humans have used and changed them more than rain forests. This volume reviews the available information, often making contrasts with wetter forests. The world's dry forest heterogeneity of structure and function is shown regionally. In the neotropics, biogeographic patterns differ from those of wet forests, as does the spectrum of plant life-forms in terms of structure, physiology, phenology and reproduction. Biomass distribution, nutrient cycling, below-ground dynamics and nitrogen gas emission are also reviewed. Exploitation schemes are surveyed, and examples are given of non-timber product economies. It is hoped that this review will stimulate research leading to more conservative and productive management of dry forests.
 

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Dry forests of Central America and the Caribbean
9
Overview of the Brazilian caatinga
35
Savannas woodlands and dry forests in Africa
64
Dry forest ecosystems of Thailand
93
The Cenozoic record of tropical dry forest in northern Latin
124
Diversity and floristic composition of neotropical dry forests
146
Vertebrate diversity ecology and conservation in neotropical
195
Diversity of life forms of higher plants in neotropical dry forests
221
Plantherbivore interactions in Mesoamerican tropical dry forests
304
Biomass distribution and primary productivity of tropical
326
Nutrient cycling in tropical deciduous forests
346
Biology of the belowground system of tropical dry forests
362
Nitrogen trace gas emissions in a tropical dry forest ecosystem
384
Conversion of tropical dry forest to pasture and agriculture
399
Ethnobotany of the Mexican tropical dry forests
423
Index
439

Drought responses of neotropical dry forest trees
243
Plant reproduction in neotropical dry forests
277

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