The Ecology of Trees in the Tropical Rain Forest

The Ecology of Trees in the Tropical Rain Forest

The Ecology of Trees in the Tropical Rain Forest Current knowledge of the ecology of tropical rain-forest trees is limited, with detailed information available for perhaps only a few hundred of the many thousands of species that occur. Yet a good understanding of the trees is essential to unraveling the workings of the forest itself. This book aims to summarise a contemporary understanding of the ecology of tropical rain-forest trees.

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The Ecology of Trees in the Tropical Rain Forest

The Ecology of Trees in the Tropical Rain Forest

The organization of the book follows the life cycle of a tree, starting with the mature tree, moving on to reproduction and then considering seed germination and growth to maturity. Topics covered, therefore, include structure and physiology, population biology, reproductive biology, and regeneration.

The book concludes with a critical analysis of ecological classification systems for tree species in the tropical rain forest. IAN TURNER has considerable first-hand experience of the tropical rain forests of South-East Asia, having lived and worked in the region for more than a decade.

After graduating from Oxford University, he took up a lecturing post at the National University of Singapore and is currently Assistant Director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. He has also spent time at Harvard University as Bullard Fellow, and at Kyoto University as Guest Professor in the Center for Ecological Research.

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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 tree of the tropical rain forest. It was written with the aim of summarising contemporary understanding of the ecology of the tropical rain forests, 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.

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