Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems

The Function of Biodiversity

  • George W. Davis
  • David M. Richardson

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 109)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. E. R. Fuentes, G. Montenegro, P. W. Rundel, M. T. K. Arroyo, R. Ginocchio, F. M. Jaksic
    Pages 185-232
  3. R. J. Hobbs, R. H. Groves, S. D. Hopper, R. J. Lambeck, B. B. Lamont, S. Lavorel et al.
    Pages 233-284
  4. D. M. Richardson, R. M. Cowling, W. J. Bond, W. D. Stock, G. W. Davis
    Pages 285-333
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 351-368

About this book


Human activities are causing species extinctions at a rate and magnitude rivaling those of past geologic extinction events.
Exploring mediterranean-type ecosystems - the Mediterranean Basin, California, Chile, Australia, and South Africa - this volume addresses the question whether biological diversity plays a significant role in the functioning of natural ecosystems, and to what extent that diversity can be reduced without causing system malfunction. Comparative studies in ecosystems that are similar in certain respects, but differ in others, offer considerable scope for gaining new insights into the links between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.


Vegetation adaptation amphibians biodiversity bird ecology ecosystem flora forest fungi growth insects invertebrates soil system

Editors and affiliations

  • George W. Davis
    • 1
  • David M. Richardson
    • 2
  1. 1.Stress Ecology Research UnitNational Botanical InstituteClaremontSouth Africa
  2. 2.Institute for Plant Conservation, Botany DepartmentUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-78883-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-78881-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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