Perspectives in Grassland Ecology

Results and Applications of the US/IBP Grassland Biome Study

  • Norman R. French

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. W. A. Laycock
    Pages 1-2
  3. Jerrold L. Dodd, William K. Lauenroth
    Pages 43-58
  4. Norman R. French, R. Kirk Steinhorst, David M. Swift
    Pages 59-87
  5. James A. Scott, Norman R. French, John W. Leetham
    Pages 89-105
  6. William J. Parton, Paul G. Risser
    Pages 135-155
  7. Keith A. Redetzke, George M. Van Dyne
    Pages 157-172
  8. Norman R. French
    Pages 173-190
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 191-206

About this book


This volume is a result of the summary and synthesis of data collected in the Grassland Biome Program, which is part of the American contribution to the International Biological Program (IBP). The purpose of this volume is to present a summary of quantitative ecological investigations of North American grass­ lands and to present a set of broad comparisons of their characteristics and functions as well as the results of some models and experiments that lead to practical considerations of the management of grasslands. Synthesis is a continuing activity in science. Early in the Grassland Biome Program there was a synthesis of literature data on grasslands, edited by R. L. Dix and R. G. Beidleman (1969). Results of the first year of field data collection under this program were synthesized in a volume edited by N. R. French (1971). Development of the large-scale model constructed to depict the processes and the dynamics of state variables in grassland ecosystems was presented by Innis (1978). Soon to appear will be two volumes integrating studies of American grasslands with IBP studies in other grasslands of the world (Coupland, in press) and the application of systems analysis to understanding grassland function and utilization (Breymeyer and Van Dyne, in press). The present volume presents current results and comparisons of field investigations and experimental studies that were conducted under this program.


Grassland Pflanzengesellschaft Prärie biology biomass controlling decomposition development ecology ecosystem environment nitrogen production simulation Ökologie

Editors and affiliations

  • Norman R. French
    • 1
  1. 1.Natural Resource Ecology LaboratoryColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-6184-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-6182-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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