Fire in South African Mountain Fynbos

Ecosystem, Community and Species Response at Swartboskloof

  • Brian W. van Wilgen
  • David M. Richardson
  • Frederick J. Kruger
  • Hubertus J. van Hensbergen

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 93)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. B. W. van Wilgen, D. J. McDonald
    Pages 1-20
  3. D. B. Versfeld, D. M. Richardson, B. W. van Wilgen, R. A. Chapman, G. G. Forsyth
    Pages 21-36
  4. B. W. van Wilgen, H. J. van Hensbergen
    Pages 37-53
  5. R. E. Smith, B. W. van Wilgen, G. G. Forsyth, D. M. Richardson
    Pages 108-122
  6. D. C. Le Maitre, P. J. Brown
    Pages 145-160
  7. D. M. Richardson, R. M. Cowling
    Pages 161-181
  8. H. J. van Hensbergen, S. A. Botha, G. G. Forsyth, D. C. Le Maitre
    Pages 182-202
  9. D. B. van Wyk, W. Lesch, W. D. Stock
    Pages 240-257
  10. C. A. van Reenen, G. J. Visser, M. A. Loos
    Pages 258-272
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 285-325

About this book


Ecologists are increasingly being drawn into the task of addressing problems of environmental degradation. They are expected to find solutions that will lead to sustainable resource use throughout the world. In doing so, the robustness of the science becomes increasingly important, and the problem of extrapolating the results of research conducted within what is usually a relatively limited geographical scope is increasingly highlighted. One approach to developing a globally robust ecology involves more or less formal intercontinental comparative studies, usually focused on the question of ecological convergence. These studies are directed at testing the prediction that similar physical and other environmental factors in different parts of the world, through their selective influences, will give rise to ecosystems which share com­ mon structural and functional features. Should this be true, the predictive power of ecology developed within such a framework should be sufficient to solve similar problems elsewhere in such biomes. There is a long history of such an approach in mediterranean­ type ecosystems, documented in a series of volumes and their accompanying scientific papers beginning with that of Di Castri and Mooney (1973).


Feuer Südafrika Vegetation Vegetation succession biology climate cyclin ecology ecosystem invasion biology mammals nutrient cycling soil sustainability Ökologie

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian W. van Wilgen
    • 1
  • David M. Richardson
    • 1
  • Frederick J. Kruger
    • 2
  • Hubertus J. van Hensbergen
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Forest Science and Technology, CSIRJonkershoek Forestry Research CentreStellenboschSouth Africa
  2. 2.Division of Forest Science and TechnologyCSIRPretoriaSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of Nature Conservation Forestry FacultyUniversity of StellenboschStellenboschSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-76176-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-76174-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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