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Alpine Ecosystems in the Northwest Caucasus

  • Vladimir G. Onipchenko

Part of the Geobotany 29 book series (GEOB, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. T. I. Malysheva, M. I. Makarov, V. G. Onipchenko, A. V. Volkov, I. V. Bulatnikova
    Pages 9-23
  3. O. V. Cherednichenko, V. G. Onipchenkoo, A. A. Zakharov, V. G. Onipchenko, M. I. Makarov, K. A. Golikov et al.
    Pages 77-179
  4. I. E. Sizov, N. V. Mikhailova, A. V. Mikhailov, V. G. Onipchenko, A. S. Komarov, G. V. Semenova
    Pages 181-222
  5. E. V. Volkova, V. G. Onipchenko, M. S. Blinnikov, A. A. Aksenova, O. V. Cherednichenko
    Pages 223-262
  6. M. V. Sogonov, L. L. Velikanov, K. L. Tarasov, V. G. Onipchenko, T. N. Leinsoo, A. L. Stepanov
    Pages 271-302
  7. M. N. Ivanenko, V. G. Onipchenko, S. V. Fomin, M. A. Gerasimova, A. N. Dobrolyubov, A. P. Mikhailenko
    Pages 303-353
  8. I. K. Semenov, D. A. Petelin
    Pages 355-362
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 376-380

About this book


Plant geographical description of the area, syntaxonomy, spatial patterns, floristic richness, structure of plant communities in relation to soil properties and herbivore influence were described for a mountain region that is difficult to access. Seasonal, inter-annual, and long-term dynamics of vegetation are discussed on the base of long-term observations as well as pollen and phytolith analyses. Population biology of alpine plants is studied by combination of field observations and mathematical modelling. Plant population strategies and soil seed banks are described for alpine plants from several communities. Results of long-term ecological experiments (plant reciprocal transplantations, dominant removals, light limitation) showed the significance of competition and facilitation for community organization. Structure of soil algal and fungal communities is represented as well as mycorrhiza of alpine plants. Main animal groups (wild) history and modern nature conservation problems are discussed.


algae animals biological biology ecosystem fungi geology mycorrhiza nature conservation plant plants population biology soil taxonomy vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Vladimir G. Onipchenko
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeobotanyMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Alpine Ecosystems in the Northwest Caucasus
  • Editors Vladimir G. Onipchenko
  • Series Title Geobotany 29
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-2382-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-6649-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-2383-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 410
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Plant Ecology
    Plant Sciences
    Nature Conservation
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From the reviews:

"This volume contains the main results of 20 years of fieldwork in the northwest Caucasus. … it can serve as a solid basis for further research and monitoring in alpine environments … . The book combines a comprehensive overview with the results of in-depth research. … the volume may be recommended for all interested in the Caucasus and in high mountain ecology in general, as it presents a rich diversity of scientific approaches to the study of relevant topics." (Jörg Stadelbauer, Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 25 (3), 2005)