Resource Competition

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 31, 1997 - Science - 342 pages
As one of the most quantitative of ecological subdisciplines, resource competition is an important, central area of ecology. Recently research into this area has increased dramatically and resource competition models have become more complex. The characterisation of this phenomenon is therefore the aim of this book. Resource Competition seeks to identify the unifying principles emerging from experimental and theoretical approaches as well as the differences between organisms, illustrating that greater knowledge of resource competition will benefit human and environmental welfare. This book will serve as an indispensable guide to ecologists, evolutionary biologists and environmental managers, and all those interested in resource competition as an emerging discipline.
 

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Contents

Theoretical and experimental foundations
17
Experimental studies of resource competition
48
Critiques
89
Nonequilibrium resource competition
100
Spatial heterogeneity
172
Competition for light
207
Resource competition and evolution
233
Applications
254
Conclusions
277
Appendix A Resource supply functions
283
Classification of ecological strategies
290
References
296
Index
332
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