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Biodiversity loss and conservation in fragmented forest landscapes; the forests of Montane Mexico and temperate South America.


Biodiversity loss and conservation in fragmented forest landscapes; the forests of Montane Mexico and temperate South America.

Ed. by A.C. Newton.

CABI Publishing


416 pages




Newton (Centre for Conservation Ecology and Environmental Change, Bournemouth U., UK) presents the results of a collaborative, multidisciplinary research program examining forest loss, degradation, and fragmentation and their impacts on biodiversity, as well as methods of forest conservation and restoration in the tropical montane forests of eastern and southern Mexico and the temperate rainforests of the southern cone of South America. The text's 16 papers address topics such as spatial and temporal patterns of forest loss and fragmentation; plant diversity in highly fragmented forests and the implications for conservation; fragmentation and edge effects on plant-animal interactions, ecological processes, and biodiversity; habitat fragmentation and reproductive ecology of Embothrium coccineum, Eucryphia cordifolia, and Aextoxicon punctatum in South America; soil and vegetation characteristics of secondary succession under a slash-and-burn regime in a tropical montane cloud forest; the impact of logging and secondary succession on the below-ground system of a montane cloud forest; models of regional and local stand composition and dynamics of pine-oak forests in Mexico; testing forest biodiversity indicators by assessing anthropogenic impacts along disturbance gradients; identification of priority areas for conservation in Chile; restoration of forest ecosystems in fragmented landscapes of temperate and montane tropical Latin America; and future scenarios for forest biodiversity. Distributed in the US by Oxford U. Press.

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