Plant Life in the World s Mediterranean Climates

Plant Life in the World s Mediterranean Climates Author Peter R. Dallman
ISBN-10 0520208099
Release 1998
Pages 257
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This book provides a wonderful overview of the landscapes, vegetation types, and plants of the five regions of the world that have a Mediterranean climate. This climate of mild, rainy winters and dry, warm summers is found in California, Central Chile, the Cape Region of South Africa, the southwestern part of Australia and the Mediterranean Basin. The regions are widely separated and the flora of each is distinctive, having for the most part developed independently. Nevertheless, the plants share remarkably similar characteristics which allow them to thrive in these unusual conditions. Peter Dallman's non-technical prose is complemented by numerous maps, tables, and figures, and the book is richly illustrated with photographs of landscapes, plants, and flowers. With its detailed information on some of the world's most resilient plant life, this book will serve as an excellent reference for everyone interested in growing drought-resistant plants and as a naturalist's guide to these beautiful and unusual bioregions. For the growing number of travelers whose vacations focus on learning about and appreciating natural history, Dallman also includes a chapter on planning trips to the five Mediterranean regions.

Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems

Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems Author Peter Petraitis
ISBN-10 9780191668340
Release 2013-04-25
Pages 200
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One of the most interesting and vexing problems in ecology is how distinctly different communities of plants and animals can occur in the same ecosystem. The theory of these systems, known as multiple stable states, is well understood, but whether multiple stable states actually exist in nature has remained a hotly debated subject. Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems provides a broad and synthetic critique of recent advances in theory and new experimental evidence. Modern models of systems with multiple stable states are placed in historical context. Current theories are covered in a rigorous fashion with the specific goal of identifying testable predictions about multiple stable states. The book provides a more synthetic, more critical, and broader analysis of multiple stable states in natural ecosystems than any previous review. By making the theory more transparent and the analysis of the evidence more comparative, the book broadens the discussion about multiple stable states, leading to a more general consideration of the interplay between theory and experiment in community ecology and environmental management. This accessible research monograph will be suitable for graduate students taking courses in community ecology, theoretical ecology, and restoration ecology. It will also be a valuable reference for professional ecologists and environmental managers requiring a concise overview of the topic.

Mediterranean Gardening

Mediterranean Gardening Author Heidi Gildemeister
ISBN-10 0520236475
Release 2002
Pages 208
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A large-format, beautifully illustrated, complete guide to gardening in a California and Mediterraean-like climates, defined as ones in which winters are wet and summers are bone dry.

Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Author
ISBN-10 CORNELL:31924070909217
Release 1998
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Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens book for free.

The Dry Gardening Handbook

The Dry Gardening Handbook Author Olivier Filippi
ISBN-10 UCSC:32106019655239
Release 2008
Pages 208
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A guide to creating gardens that will thrive in the face of water shortages and dry conditions provides an A-to-Z listing of more than five hundred drought-resistant plants, shares tips for planting and maintenance, and provides hundreds of original photographs.

Plant Talk

Plant Talk Author National Tropical Botanical Garden
ISBN-10 CORNELL:31924086642364
Release 1995
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Plant Talk has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Plant Talk also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Plant Talk book for free.

Sustainable Stellenbosch

Sustainable Stellenbosch Author Mark Swilling
ISBN-10 9781920338558
Release 2012-11-01
Pages 362
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"Stellenbosch faces the same challenges that most South African urban areas face: rapid urbanisation, sluggish economic growth, growing inequalities, unsustainable use of natural resources, deteriorating biodiversity, social problems, unhealthy living, insecure supplies of healthy food, degrading soils, infrastructure backlogs and inadequate urban planning. At the same time, Stellenbosch has tremendous potential. It brings together in one beautiful place extra-ordinary intellectual capacity, social diversity, financial resources, creative potential, high value eco-systems, spiritual energy and some of South Africa's most vibrant grassroots social movements in its poorest areas. The brief given to the writers was to examine the current challenges and discuss what needs to change in the way we think about these challenges to ensure more positive and sustainable long-term outcomes. This is, therefore, a contribution that aims to further open up and widen recent dialogues about the future that Stellenbosch deserves"--Back cover.

Introduction to World Vegetation

Introduction to World Vegetation Author A. S. Collinson
ISBN-10 0045810311
Release 1988-10-31
Pages 325
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A textbook (1st ed., 1978) presenting a wide range of information for students of ecology, geography, and biogeography.

Plants and Landscapes for Summer dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Region

Plants and Landscapes for Summer dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Region Author Nora Harlow
ISBN-10 0975323105
Release 2004
Pages 320
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Gardening. Environmental Studies. Photographs by Saxon Holt. Illustrations by Richard Pembroke. This lavishly illustrated book celebrates the challenges and opportunities of gardening in Mediterranean climates, with special reference to northern California's San Francisco Bay Region. The core of the book is a catalog of more than 650 plants suited to regions with mild, usually wet winters and dry, often hot summers. These plants thrive with moderate to no summer irrigation when established, require little or no maintenance, and are reasonably available from nurseries, botanic gardens, native plant sales, or specialty seed suppliers. Many of the 542 color photographs show plants in garden settings to suggest attractive and compatible plant combinations. Summary charts provide information on each plant, such as bloom time, needs for water and sun, and preferences for coastal or inland microclimates. Lists suggest plants for special situations, such as hot sites, dryish shade, small gardens, and clay soils. Chapters on landscape design and maintenance inspire readers to make gardens that use little water and no harmful chemicals, with a focus on building healthy soil. Practical steps to successful design are supplemented with ideas for designing with microclimate, attracting wildlife, and fire safety. Sidebars by local experts discuss weather, natural landscapes, design solutions, and gardening with recycled water. "A valuable resource for climate-compatible gardening in the San Franciso Bay Area that will also be of interest to gardeners in other parts of the world with a similar seasonal pattern of winter rain and dry summers. This book will occupy a prominent place in my library for many years to come."—Katherine Greenberg, president Mediterranean Garden Society "This book is beautifully designed with abundant photographs of plants, many in garden settings, and it is packed with the kind of information gardeners need for their own special situations. Simply stunning! Bravo!"—Phyllis M. Faber, editor University of California Press

Encyclopedia of Biodiversity

Encyclopedia of Biodiversity Author Simon A. Levin
ISBN-10 MINN:31951D02034579E
Release 2001
Pages 16
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Includes articles on agriculture, ecology, forests, wetlands, and environment, as well as organisms

Landscape Ecology

Landscape Ecology Author Zev Naveh
ISBN-10 9781475740820
Release 2013-03-09
Pages 356
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This series is dedicated to serving the growing community of scholars and practitioners concemed with the principles and applications of environ mental management. Each volume is a thorough treatment of a specific topic of importance for proper management practices. A fundamental objective of these books is to help the reader discem and implement man's stewardship of our environment and the world's renewable re sources. For we must strive to understand the relationship between man and nature, act to bring harmony to it, and nurture an environment that is both stable and productive. These objectives have often eluded us because the pursuit of other individual and societal goals has diverted us from a course of living in balance with the environment. At times, therefore, the environmental manager may have to exert restrictive control, which is usually best applied to man, not nature. Attempts to alter or hamess nature have often failed or backfired, as exemplified by the results of imprudent use of herbicides, fertilizers, water, and other agents. Each book in this series will shed light on the fundamental and applied aspects of environmental management. It is hoped that each will help solve a practical and serious environmental problem.

The Oxford Companion to Global Change

The Oxford Companion to Global Change Author David Cuff
ISBN-10 UCSC:32106019816211
Release 2008-11-21
Pages 684
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"Comprehensive, interdisciplinary guide to the range of issues surrounding natural and human-induced changes in the Earth's environment. Brings together current knowledge about the relations between technological, social, demographic, economic, and political factors as well as biological, chemical, and physical systems."-- Publisher.

The New Plantsman

The New Plantsman Author
ISBN-10 CORNELL:31924089590347
Release 2000
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The New Plantsman has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The New Plantsman also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The New Plantsman book for free.

Bay Area Gardening

Bay Area Gardening Author Barbara J. Euser
ISBN-10 1932361308
Release 2005
Pages 234
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San Francisco Bay Area gardeners know that the region has its own unique rewards and challenges. The mild weather is ideal for year-round gardening, but chilly fogs, frequent droughts, heavy clay soil, and a host of microclimates can vex even the greenest of thumbs. Written by local master gardeners, this collection of articles addresses the subject of Bay Area gardening in a no-nonsense manner that places an emphasis on environmentally friendly solutions. The book covers important issues ranging from garden design and landscaping to improving soil and managing garden pests with minimal toxic chemicals. Topics include fire safe landscaping; planting under oaks and redwoods; drought tolerant plants; gardening for butterflies and songbirds; as well as individual garden species, including ferns, heucheras, fuchsias, and California native bulbs.

California Garden

California Garden Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105110063505
Release 1999
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California Garden has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from California Garden also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full California Garden book for free.

Plant Genetic Resources of Legumes in the Mediterranean

Plant Genetic Resources of Legumes in the Mediterranean Author Nigel Maxted
ISBN-10 0792367073
Release 2001-05-31
Pages 378
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Genetic erosion, that is, the loss of native plant and genetic diversity has been exponential from the Mediterranean Basin through the Twentieth century. This careless eradication of species and genetic diversity as a result of human activities from a 'hot-spot' of diversity threatens sustainable agriculture and food security for the temperate regions of the world. Since the early 1900s there has been a largely ad hoc movement to halt the loss of plant diversity and enhance its utilisation. The Convention on Biological Diversity and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations International Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources, both highlight the need to improve conservation methodologies and enhance utilisation techniques. It has been argued that the most important component of biodiversity is the genetic diversity of crop and forage species used to feed humans and livestock. These cultivated and related wild species provides the raw material for further selection and improvement. Leguminosae species are of major economic importance (peas, chickpeas, lentils and faba beans, as well as numerous forage species) and provide a particularly rich source of protein for human and animal foods. Their distribution is concentrated in the Mediterranean region and therefore the improvement of their conservation and use in the region is critical. This text is designed to help ensure an adequate breadth of legume diversity is conserved and to help maximise the use of that conserved diversity. The subjects of conservation and use of legume diversity, the Mediterranean ecosystem and taxonomy of legumes are introduced. Generic reviews of the taxonomy, centre of diversity, ecogeographic distribution, genetic diversity distribution, conservation status, conservation gaps and future research needs are provided, along with a discussion of the importance of rhizobia to the maintenance of legume diversity. Current ex situ and in situ conservation activities as well current legume uses are reviewed. In conclusion future priorities for ex situ and in situ plant genetic conservation and use of Mediterranean legumes are highlighted. All contributors look forward rather than simply reviewing past and current activities and therefore it is hoped that the identification of genetic erosion, location of taxonomic and genetic diversity and promotion of more efficient utilisation of conserved material will be enhanced.

Virtual Worlds of Precision

Virtual Worlds of Precision Author Valerie Feldmann
ISBN-10 3825867730
Release 2005
Pages 164
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The use of computer simulations to gain deeper understanding of complex dynamic systems has become widely accepted across scientific disciplines. Yet, the precision of results obtained in "virtual worlds" may be deceptive when they replace rather than reflect reality. The scope of this edited volume hence reaches beyond identifying areas in which computer-based simulations allow for results otherwise not possible, to include an assessment of their opportunities and limitations. Reflecting the field's interdisciplinarity, contributions range from astronomy over theoretical biology to economics.