Tropical Biology and Conservation Management - Volume X: Savanna Ecosystems

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Kleber Del Claro, Paulo S. Oliveira, Victor Rico-Gray
EOLSS Publications, May 11, 2009 - 476 pages
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This Encyclopedia of Tropical Biology and Conservation Management is a component of the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias. 

 

Tropical environments cover the most part of still preserved natural areas of the Earth. The greatest biodiversity, as in terms of animals and plants, as microorganisms, is placed in these hot and rainy ecosystems spread up and below the Equator line. Additionally, the most part of food products, with vegetal or animal origin, that sustain nowadays human beings is direct or undirected dependent of tropical productivity.

Biodiversity should be looked at and evaluated not only in terms of numbers of species, but also in terms of the diversity of interactions among distinct organisms that it maintains. In this sense, the complexity of web structure in tropical systems is a promise of future to nature preservation on Earth. In the chemicals of tropical plant and animals, could be the cure to infinite number of diseases, new food sources, and who knows what more. Despite these facts tropical areas have been exploited in an irresponsible way for more than 500 years due the lack of an ecological conscience of men. Exactly in the same way we did with temperate areas and also tropical areas in the north of Equator line. Nowadays, is estimated that due human exploitation, nation conflicts and social problems, less than 8% of tropical nature inside continental areas is still now untouchable. The extension of damage in the tropical areas of oceans is unknown. Thus so, all knowledge we could accumulate about tropical systems will help us, as in the preservations of these important and threatened ecosystems as in a future recuperation, when it was possible. Only knowing the past and developing culture, mainly that directed to peace, to a better relationship among nations and responsible use and preservation of natural resources, human beings will have a long future on Earth.

These volumes, Tropical Biology and Natural Resources was divided in sessions to provide the reader the better comprehension possible of issue and also to enable future complementation and improvements in the encyclopedia. Like we work with life, we intended to transform this encyclopedia also in a “life” volume, in what new information could be added in any time. As president of the encyclopedia and main editor I opened the theme with an article titled: “Tropical Biology and Natural resources: Historical Pathways and Perspectives”, providing the reader an initial view of the origins of human knowledge about the tropical life, and what we hope to the future. In the sequence we have more than 100 chapters distributed in tem sessions: Tropical Ecology (TE); Tropical Botany (TB); Tropical Zoology (TZ); Savannah Ecosystems (SE); Desert Ecosystems (DE); Tropical Agriculture (TA); Natural History of Tropical Plants (NH); Human Impact on Tropical Ecosystems (HI); Tropical Phytopathology and Entomology (TPE); Case Studies (CS).

This 11-volume set contains several chapters, each of size 5000-30000 words, with perspectives, applications and extensive illustrations. It is the only publication of its kind carrying state-of-the-art knowledge in the fields of Tropical Biology and Conservation Management and is aimed, by virtue of the several applications, at the following five major target audiences: University and College Students, Educators, Professional Practitioners, Research Personnel and Policy Analysts, Managers, and Decision Makers and NGOs.
 

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Contents

NUTRITIONAL ASPECTS IN TRACHYPOGON SAVANNAS AS RELATED TO NITROGEN AND PHOSPHORUS CYCLING
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PLANT ADAPTATIONS TO RAINFALL SEASONALITY IN THE SAVANNAS OF CENTRAL BRAZIL
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FIRE IN NEOTROPICAL SAVANNAS
44
REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY OF TROPICAL PLANTS
55
POLLINATION ECOLOGY OF NEOTROPICAL SAVANNAS VEGETATION
82
ARE THERE GERMINATION PATTERNS FOR CERRADO SPECIES?
106
BIRDS IN THE TROPICAL SAVANNAS
160
THE HERPETOFAUNA OF THE NEOTROPICAL SAVANNAS
200
DIPTERA OF TROPICAL SAVANNAS
287
BEES OF THE BRAZILIAN SAVANNA
301
THE CAPYBARA ITS BIOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
323
TROPICAL SAVANNAS INTRODUCTION
341
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Kleber Del-Claro is a biologist with doctorate in Ecology by State University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil. Since 1992 is a teacher at Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU), where between 2003 and 2007 was the coordinator of the graduate program in Ecology. Kleber is the coordinator of the international cooperation agreement between UFU and the University of Missouri, St. Louis (UMSL), USA. He is a researcher from the Brazilian Council of Research, Science and Technology (CNPq) since 1996. At UFU and other Brazilian universities he was instructor of several master and doctoral thesis in ecology and animal behavior developed in the tropics. His scientific history, books and publications are available in: www.leci.ib.ufu.br. In 2005 he was the president of the “Frontiers in Tropical Biology and Conservation” meeting, settled in Brazil (Uberlândia), the annual meeting of Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) and supported by the Brazilian Society of Ethology (SBEt, now President for the second time).

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