Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Ecology of Trees in the Tropical Rain Forest

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Trees make a forest: they are both the constructors and the construction. To understand the forest we must know about the trees. This book is about the trees of the tropical rain forest. It was written with the aim of summarising contemporary understanding of the ecology of tropical rain-forest trees, with particular reference to comparative ecology. The analysis of patterns of variation among species is a valuable technique for identifying possibly adaptive trends and evolutionary constraints. It may also provide a means of classifying species in ecological terms. A workable ecological classification might mean that the rain-forest community could be conceptually simplified and made more amenable to analysis.

Preface page
1. Introduction
2. The growing tree
3. Tree performance
4. Reproductive biology
5. Seeds and seedlings
6. Classificatory systems for tropical trees
Index of scientific names of plants
Index of scientific names of animals
General index

Author Details
Singapore Botanic Gardens

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