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Patch

  • Jere A. Boudell
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Abstract

A patch is an area that is distinguishable within an otherwise fairly homogeneous distribution of one or more landscape elements.

A patch might also refer to an area of resources that becomes available after a tree has fallen or as an ecosystem remnant created via landscape fragmentation. Patchy ecosystems become elements of the overall landscape matrix and contribute to landscape heterogeneity.

Keywords

Disturbance Habitat Patch Patch/Gap Dynamics 

References

  1. Keddy PA. Wetland ecology. 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press; 2010.Google Scholar
  2. Pickett STA, White PS, editors. The ecology of natural disturbance and patch dynamics. New York: Academic; 1987.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyClayton State UniversityMorrowUSA

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