Natural forests with thousands of years of ecological continuity are unrivalled as the treasure store of terrestrial biodiversity on Earth. And while there is currently no fully comprehensive inventory of the biota associated with any given forest, it is reasonable to assume that in conserving natural forests we can conserve the myriads of unnamed bacteria, fungi, insects, mites and nematodes that forests support.
Drawing on diverse research from biodiversity experts around the world, this collection of papers reflects the diversity of forest types and forest issues that concern forest scientists globally. Forest types considered vary from savannah and tropical rainforests to the ancient oak forests of Poland; issues explored include the effects of logging, management practices, forest dynamics and climate change on forest structure and biodiversity.
Introduction.- Dynamics in natural mixed-beech forest of the Upper Vosges; D. Closset-Kopp et al.- The effects of climate change on the long-term conservation of Fagus grandifolia var. mexicana, an important species of the Cloud Forest in Eastern Mexico; O. Téllez-Valdés et al.- Genetic diversity of Dalbergia monticola (Fabaceae) an endangered tree species in the fragmented oriental forest of Madagascar; O. Andrianoelina et al.- Forest management and plant species diversity in chestnut stands of three Mediterranean areas; H. Gonard et al.- Spatial diversity of dry savanna woodlands: Assessing the spatial diversity of a dry savanna woodland stand in northern Namibia using neighbourhood-based measures; F.P. Graz.- Assessment of threat status and management effectiveness in Kakamega Forest, Kenya; B. Bleher et al.- Influence of forest types and effects of forestry activities on species richness and composition of Chrysomelidae in the central mountainous region of Japan; M. Ohsawa, T. Nagaike.- The banana forests of Kilimanjaro: biodiversity and conservation of the Chagga homegardens; A. Hemp.- Biodiversity hotspots and conservation priorities in the Campo-Ma'an rain forests, Cameroon; M.G.P. Tchouto et al.- Tree diversity in western Kenya: using profiles to characterise richness and evenness; R. Kindt et al.- Vascular plant species inventory of a Philippine lowland rain forest and its conservation value; G. Langenberger et al.- Status and conservation of Trigonobalanus doichangensis (Fagaceae); W. Sun et al.- Ghyll woodlands of the Weald: characterisation and conservation; N.G. Burnside et al.- Effects of fragmentation of evergreen broad-leaved forests on genetic diversity of Ardisia crenata var. bicolor (Myrsinaceae); A.-L. Zhao et al.- Diversity patterns in theflora of the Campo-Ma'an rain forest, Cameroon: do tree species tell it all?; M.G.P. Tchouto et al.- Impacts of selective logging and agricultural clearing on forest structure, floristic composition and diversity, and timber tree regeneration in the Ituri Forest, Democratic Republic of Congo; J.-R. Makana, S.C. Thomas.- Forest management considerations for conservation of Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius and White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos populations in Quinto Real (Spanish Western Pyrenees); A. Garmendia et al.- A reconsideration of the reproductive biology of the Atlantic forest in the Volta Velha Reserve; S.M. Vamosi.- Patterns of rodent species diversity and abundance in a Kenyan relict tropical rainforest; A. Mortelliti, L. Boitani.- The role of landscape patterns of habitat types on plant species diversity of a tropical forest in Mexico; J.L. Hernandez-Stefanoni.-Distribution, habitat and Red List status of the New Caledonian endemic tree Canacomyrica monticola (Myricaceae); J. Herbert.- Composition of woody species in a dynamic forest-woodland-savannah mosaic in Uganda: implications for conservation and management; G. Nangendo et al.- Do Orthoptera need human land use in Central Europe? The role of habitat patch size and linear corridors in the Bialowieza Forest, Poland; J. Theuerkauf, S. Rouys.- Species composition, diversity and local uses of tropical dry deciduous and gallery forests in Nicaragua; B. González-Rivas et al.- Identifying conservation priority zones for effective management of tropical forests in Eastern Ghats of India; B. Balaguru et al.- Comparison of bird communities in primary vs. young secondary tropical montane cloud forest in Guatemala; S.C. Renner et al.- Effects of habitat structure and adjacent habitats on birds in tropical rainforest fragments and shaded
Drawing on research from biodiversity experts around the world, this book reflects the diversity of forest types and forest issues that concern forest scientists. Coverage ranges from savannah and tropical rainforests to the ancient oak forests of Poland; issues explored include the effects of logging, management practices, forest dynamics and climate change on forest structure and biodiversity. Here is a useful overview of current science, for researchers and educators alike.
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