Resource Competition and Community Structure
By (author) David Tilman
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Resource Competition and Community Structure by David Tilman
Book DescriptionOne of the central questions of ecology is why there are so many different kinds of plants and animals. Here David Tilman presents a theory of how organisms compete for resources and the way their competition promotes diversity. Developing Hutchinson's suggestion that the main cause of diversity is the feeding relations of species, this book builds a mechanistic, resource-based explanation of the structure and functioning of ecological communities. In a detailed analysis of the Park Grass Experiments at the Rothamsted Experimental Station in England, the author demonstrates that the dramatic results of these 120 years of experimentation are consistent with his theory, as are observations in many other natural communities. The consumer-resource approach of this book is applicable to both animal and plant communities, but the majority of Professor Tilman's discussion concentrates on the structure of plant communities. All theoretical arguments are developed graphically, and formal mathematics is kept to a minimum. The final chapters of the book provide some testable speculations about resources and animal communities and explore such problems as the evolution of "super species," the differences between plant and animal community diversity patterns, and the cause of plant succession.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691083025
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1982
Country of Publication: United States
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Spatial Ecology, Paperback (December 1997)
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Plant Strategies and the Dynamics and Structure of Plant Communities, Paperback (March 1988)» View all books by David Tilman
Providing a theory to predict the evolution of plant traits, this book explores the effects of these on plant community structure and dynamics. It also includes the constraint and tradeoff theory and suggests that most field experiments have been of too short a duration to allow unambiguous interpretation of their results.
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