Animals' Influence on the Landscape and Ecological by Friedrich-Karl Holtmeier

By Friedrich-Karl Holtmeier

In its first English-language variation, this ebook introduces the many-faceted interactions of animal populations with their habitats. From soil fauna, ants and termites to small and massive herbivores, burrowing mammals and birds, the writer offers a accomplished research of animals and ecosystems that's as huge and sundry as all nature. bankruptcy 2 addresses the practical position of animals in panorama ecosystems, emphasizing fluxes of strength and topic inside of and among ecosystems, and the results of animals on qualitative and structural habitat swap. dialogue contains chapters at the position of animal inhabitants density and the affects of local herbivores on plants and habitats from the tropics to the polar areas. Cyclic mass outbreaks of species resembling the larch bud moth in Switzerland, the mountain pine beetle and the African red-billed weaver fowl are defined and analyzed. different chapters talk about Zoochory – the dispersal of seeds by way of ants, mammals and birds – and the effect of burrowing animals on soil improvement and geomorphology. attention extends to the influence of feral family animals. bankruptcy five makes a speciality of difficulties because of creation of alien animals and from re-introduction of animal species to their unique habitats, discusses the results on ecosystems of burrowing, digging and trampling through animals. the writer additionally addresses keystone species resembling kangaroo rats, termites and beavers. bankruptcy 6 addresses the function of animals in panorama administration and nature conservation, with chapters at the impression of newcomer species comparable to animals brought into Australia, New Zealand and Europe, and the implications of reintroduction of species to unique habitat. It additionally discusses the wearing capability of typical behavior, public attitudes towards dialog and extra. the ultimate part ponders the results of weather on interactions among animals and their habitats.

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