Structure, Functioning, and Dynamics of a Savanna Ecosystem

  • Luc Abbadie
  • Jacques Gignoux
  • Xavier Le Roux
  • Michel Lepage

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 179)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. History of the Lamto Ecology Station and Ecological Studies at Lamto

    1. Roger Vuattoux, Souleymane Konaté, Luc Abbadie, Sébastien Barot, Jacques Gignoux, Gaëlle Lahoreau
      Pages 1-12
  3. The Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Luc Abbadie, Jean-Claude Menaut
      Pages 15-24
    3. Xavier Le Roux
      Pages 25-44
    4. Luc Abbadie, Jacques Gignoux, Michel Lepage, Xavier Le Roux
      Pages 45-61
    5. Jean-Claude Menaut, Luc Abbadie
      Pages 63-74
  4. Structure and Functioning of Plant Cover

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Xavier Le Roux, Bruno Monteny
      Pages 77-113
    3. Jacques Gignoux, Patrick Mordelet, Jean-Claude Menaut
      Pages 115-137
    4. Patrick Mordelet, Xavier Le Roux
      Pages 139-161
    5. Xavier Le Roux, Luc Abbadie, Hervé Fritz, Hélène Leriche
      Pages 185-198
  5. Carbon Cycle and Soil Organic Matter Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Luc Abbadie, Hassan Bismarck Nacro
      Pages 201-218
    3. Luc Abbadie, Hassan Bismarck Nacro, Jacques Gignoux
      Pages 219-234
    4. Michel Lepage, Luc Abbadie, Guy Josens, Souleymane Konaté, Patrick Lavelle
      Pages 235-251
  6. The Nitrogen Cycle

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Luc Abbadie, Jean-Christophe Lata
      Pages 277-297
    3. Michel Lepage, Luc Abbadie, Guy Josens, Patrick Lavelle
      Pages 299-311
  7. Plant Community Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-313
    2. Jacques Gignoux, Isabelle Dajoz, Jacques Durand, Lisa Garnier, Michel Veuille
      Pages 315-334
    3. Jacques Gignoux, Sébastien Barot, Jean-Claude Menaut, Roger Vuattoux
      Pages 335-364
  8. Toward an Integration of Savanna Structure, Functioning, and Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 379-379
    2. Jacques Gignoux, Xavier Le Roux, Luc Abbadie
      Pages 393-407
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 409-419

About this book


Known as "a dream place for scientists," the Lamto savannas, located on the edge of the Cote d'Ivoire rain forests, are one of the only savannas in the world where ongoing ecological research has endured for more than forty years. Drawing from and synthesizing this abundance of research, the book examines the structure, functioning, and dynamics of the Lamto humid savanna. Beginning with the history of the Lamto ecology station and an overview of the major environmental conditions of the site, this exacting work specifically examines the integrative view of energy and nutrient fluxes relative to the dynamics of the savanna's vegetation.


biology biomass carbon cyclin ecology ecosystem environment fauna forest geology nitrogen plant soil tree vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Luc Abbadie
    • 1
  • Jacques Gignoux
    • 1
  • Xavier Le Roux
    • 2
  • Michel Lepage
    • 3
  1. 1.Biogéochimie et écologie des milieux continentauxEcole Normale SupérieureParis cedex 05France
  2. 2.Laboratoire d’écologie microbienneCNRS-Université Lyon 1Villeurbanne cedexFrance
  3. 3.IRDOuagadougou 01Burkina Faso

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