Production Ecology of British Moors and Montane Grasslands

  • O. W. Heal
  • D. F. Perkins

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 27)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. The Moor House Programme

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. O. W. Heal, R. A. H. Smith
      Pages 3-16
    3. R. A. H. Smith, G. I. Forrest
      Pages 17-37
    4. J. Grace, T. C. Marks
      Pages 38-51
    5. J. C. Coulson, J. B. Whittaker
      Pages 52-93
    6. V. G. Collins, B. T. D’Sylva, P. M. Latter
      Pages 94-112
    7. O. W. Heal, P. M. Latter, G. Howson
      Pages 136-159
    8. H. E. Jones, A. J. P. Gore
      Pages 160-186
    9. R. S. Clymo
      Pages 187-223
    10. M. Rawes, O. W. Heal
      Pages 224-243
  3. Supporting Studies—Dwarf Shrub Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. S. B. Chapman, N. R. Webb
      Pages 247-262
    3. C. F. Summers
      Pages 263-276
  4. Snowdonia Grasslands

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 397-428

About this book


The International Biological Programme (IBP) was a cooperative effort on the part of scientists throughout the world, whose goal was an integrated study of the basic processes of biological productivity. The challenge of meeting the increasing food needs of a growing population demands optimum productivity from natural and managed ecosystems, which has not hitherto appeared to be compatible with the maintenance of environmental quality. The basic problem in natural resource development is how to transfer the high productivity and stability characteristic of natural ecosystems to managed ecosystems whose yield is in more useable form. The IBP studies aimed to investigate the basic production parameters of natural ecosystems, for use as base lines to assess the factors which control agricultural production (Worthington, 1975). It was realised that much was to be gained by close cooperation between the countries within IBP, to describe global patterns of production and to utilise fully the limited financial resources and scientifically qualified personel available in the various disciplines in individual countries. Within the Terrestrial Productivity section (PT) four major habitat types (Biomes) have been recognised-woodland, grassland, aridland and tundra. In each Biome the ecosystem structure and production, the interrelationships of the various components, and the factors influencing the operation of the systems, have been analysed.


Dwarfshrubs Grossbritannien /Biologie Grünland Moor Moorland Peat Produktionsbiologie Zwergstrauchgesellschaft biology ecology ecosystem ecosystems environment population society

Editors and affiliations

  • O. W. Heal
    • 1
  • D. F. Perkins
    • 2
  1. 1.Merlewood Research StationThe Institute of Terrestrial EcologyCumbriaGreat Britain
  2. 2.The Institute of Terrestrial EcologyBangor, GwyneddGreat Britain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-66762-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-66760-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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