Biodiversity and Savanna Ecosystem Processes

A Global Perspective

  • Otto T. Solbrig
  • Ernesto Medina
  • Juan F. Silva

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 121)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Biodiversity and Savanna Structure and Function

  3. Summary and Areas for Future Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Zdravko Baruch, A. Joy Belsky, Luis Bulla, C. Augusto Franco, Irene Garay, Mundayatan Haridasan et al.
      Pages 175-194
    3. Bibiana Bilbao, Richard Braithwaite, Christiane Dall’Aglio, Adriana Moreira, Paulo E. Oliviera, José Felipe Ribeiro et al.
      Pages 197-203
    4. Steve Archer, Mike Coughenour, Christiane Dall’Aglio, G. Wilson Fernandez, John Hay, William Hoffmann et al.
      Pages 207-215
    5. Otto T. Solbrig
      Pages 219-224
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 225-236

About this book


Savannas are the most widespread ecosystem in the tropics and as such are subjected to great human pressure that may result in massive soil degradation.
The book addresses the role of species in the function of savanna ecosystems. It is shown that savannas are enormously diverse and that four factors determine the function of savanna ecosystems: Plant Available Moisture; Plant Available Nutrients; Fire; Herbivores.


Arten Artenvielfalt Biodiversität Diversität Savanna Ecosystem Species richness biodiversity ecosystem ecosystem processes savanna tropics Ökosystem

Editors and affiliations

  • Otto T. Solbrig
    • 1
  • Ernesto Medina
    • 2
  • Juan F. Silva
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Instituto Venezelano de Investigaciones CientificasCentro de EcologiaCaracasVenezuela
  3. 3.CIELAT, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de los AndesMeridaVenezuela

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-78971-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-78969-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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