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Population Ecology

  • Reiner Cornelius
  • Andreas Faensen-Thiebes
Part of the Progress in Botany/Fortschritte der Botanik book series (BOTANY, volume 51)

Abstract

According to Harper (1977), “the biology of population is the study of numbers of organisms”. Based on this definition this review will be focusing on demography. The aim of demographic studies is to describe the growth or decline of populations in quantitative terms and to explain the causes of population changes. Along with determining the rates of birth, death and migration, a precise knowledge of the contribution that particular life stages make to the overall population growth is a prerequisite for this aim. Hence, ecological studies which are concerned with population behaviour during different life stages constitute, besides demographic surveys, the core of this review. The dividing line between autecology and population ecology is expressed in the choice of the reference. Consequently, in this review only those essays were included in which countable units such as ramets, flowers or seeds are the main units of reference.

Keywords

Seed Bank Population Ecology Persistent Seed Bank Population Behaviour Potentilla Anserina 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reiner Cornelius
    • 1
  • Andreas Faensen-Thiebes
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Ökologie—BotanikBerlin 41Germany

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