Titolo: Second Growth: The Promise of Tropical ...
Casa editrice: University Of Chicago Press
Data di pubblicazione: 2014
Legatura: Soft cover
Condizione libro: New
Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Tropical forests the world over are in a state of degradation. The unrelenting pressures of human activity are seen by many as irreversible, and include logging, fire, war, agriculture, industry, ranching, pollution, among others. Conservation initiatives have tended to focus specifically on old-growth forests, based on the assumption that in these ecosystems the greatest biodiversity can be found. But it can take centuries for a forest to regain the characteristics of old growth. And nature's adaptive abilities have resulted in the great ecological value of secondary forests, particularly in the tropics. For decades underappreciated by scientists and conservations, secondary forests have been shown to harbor incredibly biodiversity. And Second Chance is Robin Chazdon's attempt to recognize these forests through the trees. This book deconstructs the myth of the pristine forest, and shows readers just how dynamic a system secondary forests are. Chapters discuss the role these forests play in carbon cycling, local climates, food (fruit) production, and agriculture. And an important tap root that runs throughout the work is the need to conserve, and further study, secondary tropical forests in an attempt to inspire local and global stewardship. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_022611807X
Riassunto: For decades, conservation and research initiatives in tropical forests have focused almost exclusively on old-growth forests because scientists believed that these “pristine? ecosystems housed superior levels of biodiversity. With Second Growth, Robin L. Chazdon reveals those assumptions to be largely false, bringing to the fore the previously overlooked counterpart to old-growth forest: second growth.
Even as human activities result in extensive fragmentation and deforestation, tropical forests demonstrate a great capacity for natural and human-aided regeneration. Although these damaged landscapes can take centuries to regain the characteristics of old growth, Chazdon shows here that regenerating—or second-growth—forests are vital, dynamic reservoirs of biodiversity and environmental services. What is more, they always have been.
With chapters on the roles these forests play in carbon and nutrient cycling, sustaining biodiversity, providing timber and non-timber products, and integrated agriculture, Second Growth not only offers a thorough and wide-ranging overview of successional and restoration pathways, but also underscores the need to conserve, and further study, regenerating tropical forests in an attempt to inspire a new age of local and global stewardship.
L'autore: Robin L. Chazdon is professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut and coeditor of Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology and Tropical Forest Plant Ecophysiology. She lives in Storrs, CT.
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