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Editors: Johan Runas and Theodor Dahlgren
Book Description:
Genetic diversity and species diversity are both crucial for ecosystem stability. Analysis of plant diversity aims to understand the organization and the variability of biological populations within ecosystems. This book provides a review on chemotaxonomical criteria helping to understand complex structures of plant diversity. It focuses particularly on the chemotaxonomic usefulness of phenolic compounds in analysis of chemical polymorphisms at different taxonomic levels. The relationship between grazing pressure and grassland vegetation is also examined, using drastically improved information technology such as remote sensing, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Ground Positioning Systems (GPS). Furthermore, an overview of the unique ecosystem of the South Brazilian Campos grasslands are given. The role of disturbance in maintaining Campos biodiversity and dynamics, and the importance of its conservation, is looked at as well. Other chapters in this book discuss the relationship between management and vegetation, and also suggest ways to conserve the species diversity of both plants and butterflies in semi-natural grassland.

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Chapter 1 - CHEMOTAXONOMICAL ANALYSES OF HERBACEOUS PLANTS BASED ON PHENOLIC PATTERNS: A FLEXIBLE TOOL TO SURVEY BIODIVERSITY IN GRASSLANDS, pp. 1-134
Authors / Editors: (Nabil Semmar, Yassine Mrabet, Muhammad Farman, Mohamed Aouichri, ISSBAT, Institut Supérieur des Sciences Biologiques Appliquées de Tunis, Tunisia, and others)

Chapter 2 - FRAMEWORK FOR INTEGRATING INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND ECOLOGICAL METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF DESERTIFICATION CONVENTION, pp. 135-177
Authors / Editors: (Hassan G. Roba, Gufu Oba, The National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya, and others)

Chapter 3 - MONTANE GRASSLANDS OF THE UDZUNGWA PLATEAU, TANZANIA: A STUDY CASE ABOUT ITS HERPETOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE WITHIN THE EASTERN AFROMONTANE HOTSPOT, pp. 179-200
Authors / Editors: (Roberta Rossi, Raffaele Barocco, Sebastiano Salvidio, Michele Menegon, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy, and others)

Chapter 4 - EVALUATION OF GRAZING PRESSURE ON STEPPE VEGETATION BY SPECTRAL MEASUREMENT, pp. 201-222
Authors / Editors: (Tsuyoshi Akiyama, Kensuke Kawamura, Ayumi Fukuo, Toru Sakai, Zuozhong Chen, Genya Saito, River Basin Research Center, Gifu University, Gifu, Japan, and others)

Chapter 5 - SOUTH BRAZILIAN CAMPOS GRASSLANDS: BIODIVERSITY, CONSERVATION AND THE ROLE OF DISTURBANCE, pp. 223-239
Authors / Editors: (Alessandra Fidelis, Laboratory of Landscape Ecology and Conservation, Department of Ecology, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)

Chapter 6 - RELATIONSHIP OF MANAGEMENT PRACTISES TO THE SPECIES DIVERSITY OF PLANTS AND BUTTERFLIES IN A SEMI-NATURAL GRASSLAND, CENTRAL JAPAN, pp. 241-265
Authors / Editors: (Masako Kubo, Takato Kobayashi, Masahiko Kitahara and Atsuko Hayashi, National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Tourism, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan, and others)

Chapter 7 - TOWARDS THE INFLUENCE OF PLANT-SOIL-MICROBES FEEDBACKS ON PLANT BIODIVERSITY, GRASSLAND VARIABILITY AND PRODUCTIVITY, pp. 267-301
Authors / Editors: (Sanon, A., Beguiristain, T., Cébron, A., Berthelin, J., Ndoye, I., Leyval, C., Prin, Y., Galiana, A., Baudoin, E. & Duponnois, R., Laboratoire Commun de Microbiologie IRD/ISRA/UCAD. Centre de Recherche de Bel Air. BP 1386. Dakar. Sénégal, and others)

Chapter 8 - ARBUSCULAR MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI: A BELOWGROUND REGULATOR OF PLANT DIVERSITY IN GRASSLANDS AND THE HIDDEN MECHANISMS, pp. 303-316
Authors / Editors: (Qing Yao, Hong-Hui Zhu, College of Horticulture, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China, and others)

Chapter 9 - CARNIVOROUS MAMMALS IN A MOSAIC LANDSCAPE IN SOUTHEASTERN BRAZIL: IS IT POSSIBLE TO KEEP THEM IN AN AGRO-SILVICULTURAL LANDSCAPE?, pp. 317-332
Authors / Editors: (Maria Carolina Lyra-Jorge, Giordano Ciocheti, Leandro Tambosi, Milton César Ribeiro, Vânia Regina Pivello, Departamento de Ecologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)

Chapter 10 - GENETIC DIVERSITY OF FESTUCA PRATENSIS HUDS. AND LOLIUM MULTIFLORUM LAM. ECOTYPE POPULATIONS IN RELATION TO SPECIES DIVERSITY AND GRASSLAND TYPE, pp. 333-345
Authors / Editors: Madlaina Peter-Schmid, Roland Kölliker and Beat Boller, Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon, Research Station ART, Reckenholzstrasse, Zürich, Switzerland)
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Chapter 11 - SOIL ORGANIC MATTER IN AN ALTITUDINAL GRADIENT, pp. 347-356
Authors / Editors: (Bente Foereid, Kim Harding, The Macaulay Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, UK)

Chapter 12 - THE BIODIVERSITY POTENTIAL OF RIPARIAN FIELD MARGINS IN INTENSIVELY MANAGED GRASSLANDS, pp. 357-362
Authors / Editors: L. J. Cole, D. I. McCracken, D. Robertson and W. Harrison, SAC, Auchincruive, Ayr, UK)

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   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2011
   Pages: 7 x 10, 377pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60876-542-3
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