Secondary successions

  • John Miles
Part of the Outline Studies in Ecology book series (OSE)


The subject of secondary succession has already been variously touched upon in the preceding chapters. It was defined as the changes in composition that ensue when a patch of vegetation suffers gross disturbance such that many or all of the individual plants present are killed. When this happens, species other than those previously present commonly establish and occupy the gaps. If, as frequently happens, the invaders comprise species showing wide variations in longevity, pronounced changes will occur in the composition of the vegetation as shortlived species die, and the new gaps are re-occupied, while longer-lived species remain.


Rain Forest Tropical Rain Forest Secondary Succession Ecological Strategy Preceding Chapter 
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© J. Miles 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Miles
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  1. 1.Institute of Terrestrial EcologyBanchory, KincardineshireUK

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