On General Trends during Succession in Biotic Communities, with Special Reference to Plant Ecology

  • S. Segal
Part of the Berichte der Internationalen Symposien der Internationalen Vereinigung für Vegetationskunde book series (TUEN, volume 11)


An exhaustive discussion of succession in vegetation was given by CLEMENTS (1928), who also reviewed previous opinions on the subject. CLEMENTS (1904) was probably the first biologist who tried to ascertain if some general principles regarding the succession of plant communities can be recognised. Another useful attempt was made by WARMING & GRAEBNER (1918). In recent times this subject received more attention from, e.g. DANSEREAU (1957), ODUM (1963) and KERSHAW (1964), who also tried to find some causal relations and ‘laws’ in succession. After the appearance of a special publication on succession by CLEMENTS (1928), the knowledge of the subject matter has been considerably augmented and the gradually acquired insights into the structure of biotic communities have furthered the understanding of succession concerning many of the relevant problems.


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