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Invasion of Woody Legumes

  • O.W. Van Auken
  • J.K. Bush

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Ecology book series (BRIEFSECOLOGY, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. O. W. Van Auken, J. K. Bush
    Pages 1-6
  3. O. W. Van Auken, J. K. Bush
    Pages 7-9
  4. O. W. Van Auken, J. K. Bush
    Pages 11-14
  5. O. W. Van Auken, J. K. Bush
    Pages 15-23
  6. O. W. Van Auken, J. K. Bush
    Pages 25-31
  7. O. W. Van Auken, J. K. Bush
    Pages 33-42
  8. O. W. Van Auken, J. K. Bush
    Pages 43-47
  9. O. W. Van Auken, J. K. Bush
    Pages 49-58
  10. O. W. Van Auken, J. K. Bush
    Pages 59-64
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 65-67

About this book

Introduction

Includes our current knowledge of the invasion or encroachment and cause of population growth and spread of some dry land, arid zone woody legumes. Community structure, population growth, and competition of these woody legumes will also be examined. These species and ecosystems are both extensive and dynamic. They occur worldwide, but mainly in the arid zones of the tropics and sub-tropics. The cause of the growth and spread of these species and communities has long been claimed to be caused by distal factors rather than proximal ones. However, these species appear to be influenced and perhaps controlled by anthropogenic factors, specifically grazing and fire or lack of fire. Their overall worldwide distribution has probably changed little in the recent past, but their populations have expanded into grasslands and their density has increased in many places. Some associated communities have shown dramatic changes in response to recent large-scale droughts and the loss of most of the dominant overstory species. However, changes in the woody legume communities and their species are generally unknown. ​

Keywords

Acacia Encroachment Invasion Restoration Succession dryland

Authors and affiliations

  • O.W. Van Auken
    • 1
  • J.K. Bush
    • 2
  1. 1., The Department of BiologyUniversity of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA
  2. 2., Department of Earth and Env. SciencesUniversity of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7199-8
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-7198-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-7199-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4759
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4767
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