Wetland plants : biology and ecology /
Julie K. Cronk and M. Siobhan Fennessy.
Boca Raton, Fla. : Lewis Publishers, c2001.
462 p. : ill., maps ; 27 cm.
1566703727 (alk. paper)
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Boca Raton, Fla. : Lewis Publishers, c2001.
1566703727 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Julie K. Cronk, who is currently a private consultant in wetland ecology and restoration, earned a Ph.D. in environmental biology from The Ohio State University in 1992 M. Siobhan Fennessy is assistant professor of biology at Kenyon College where she teaches, supervises students, and conducts research on wetland ecosystems and their plant communities
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Cronk (consultant) and Fennessy (Kenyon College) offer a synthesis of current research on the biology and ecology of plants that grow in wet habitats. They discuss mainly angiosperms and macrophytes, mostly in temperate North America, and do a creditable job of reviewing the challenges and strategies associated with plants living in water some or all of the time. The introduction is divided into chapters on the plants, the plant communities, and the physical environment. This section contains many definitions along with a review of relevant physical and biological science concepts. Part 2 has a chapter on plant adaptations to growth in wetland conditions and one on angiosperm reproduction, both sexual and asexual. Part 3 discusses wetland plant communities; three chapters treat function, dynamics, and invasive species. Part 4 ends the book with practical applications, including restored and constructed wetlands, and wetland plants as indicators of boundaries and ecological integrity. An admirable work on a broad subject, with enough depth to be useful to academics as well as practitioners. The extensive literature citations will help those who need greater detail. The writing style is lucid, and the many tables, illustrations, and black-and-white photographs are useful and well reproduced. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. G. D. Dreyer Connecticut College
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Main Description
A detailed account of the biology and ecology of vascular wetland plants and their applications in wetland plant science, Wetland Plants: Biology and Ecology presents a synthesis of wetland plant studies and reviews from biology, physiology, evolution, genetics, community and population ecology, environmental science, and engineering. It provides a thorough discussion of the range of wetland plants adaptations to conditions such as life in water or saturated soils, high salt or high sulfur, as well as low light and low carbon dioxide levels. The authors include the latest research on the development of plant communities in newly restored or created wetlands and on the use of wetland plants as indicators of ecological integrity and of wetland boundaries. Over 140 figures, including over 70 original photographs, allow you to visualize the concepts, 40 tables give you easy access to definitions and data, and international examples provide you with a broad base of information. The growing consensus in wetlands literature and research suggests that methods are needed to assess the ecological health or integrity of wetlands, to set goals for wetland restoration, and to track the status and trends of wetlands. Wetland plants are emerging as important indicators, and becoming an important part of this research. Wetland Plants: Biology and Ecology contains up-to-date information on this increasingly important area in wetlands technology.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Wetland Plants
Wetlands and Wetland Plantsp. 4
What Is a Wetland Plant?p. 5
Types of Wetland Plantsp. 7
Wetland Plant Distributionp. 16
The Evolution of Wetland Plantsp. 17
Threats to Wetland Plant Speciesp. 20
Summaryp. 27
Wetland Plant Communities
Wetland Plant Habitatsp. 29
Wetland Definitions and Functionsp. 29
Broad Types of Wetland Plant Communitiesp. 34
Summaryp. 59
The Physical Environment of Wetland Plants
An Introduction to the Wetland Environmentp. 61
The Hydrology of Wetlandsp. 61
Growth Conditions in Wetlandsp. 74
Summaryp. 83
Wetland Plants: Adaptations and Reproduction
Adaptations to Growth Conditions in Wetlands
Introductionp. 87
Adaptations to Hypoxia and Anoxiap. 88
Adaptations in Saltwater Wetlandsp. 110
Adaptations to Limited Nutrientsp. 114
Adaptations to Submergencep. 127
Adaptations to Herbivoryp. 134
Adaptations to Water Shortagesp. 136
Summaryp. 138
Case Studiesp. 139
Reproduction of Wetland Angiosperms
Introductionp. 147
Sexual Reproduction of Wetland Angiospermsp. 150
Asexual Reproduction in Wetland Angiospermsp. 177
Summaryp. 188
Wetland Plant Communities: Function, Dynamics, Disturbance
The Primary Productivity of Wetland Plants
Introductionp. 191
Methods for the Measurement of Primary Productivity in Wetlandsp. 197
Summaryp. 227
Case Studiesp. 228
Community Dynamics in Wetlands
An Introduction to Community Dynamicsp. 237
Ecological Successionp. 237
Ecological Succession in Wetlandsp. 241
Competition and Community Dynamicsp. 253
The Role of Disturbance in Community Dynamicsp. 266
Summaryp. 273
Case Studiesp. 275
Invasive Plants in Wetlands
Characterization of Invasive Plantsp. 279
The Extent of Exotic Invasions in Wetland Communitiesp. 282
Implications of Invasive Plant Infestations in Wetlandsp. 284
The Control of Invasive Plants in Wetlandsp. 288
Case Studies of Invasive Plants in Wetland Communitiesp. 299
Summaryp. 321
Applications of Wetland Plant Studies
Wetland Plants in Restored and Constructed Wetlands
Wetland Restoration and Creationp. 326
Treatment Wetlandsp. 333
Summaryp. 355
Case Studiesp. 356
Wetland Plants as Biological Indicators
Introductionp. 363
Wetland Plants as Indicators of Wetland Boundariesp. 363
Wetland Plants as Indicators of Ecological Integrityp. 371
Summaryp. 383
Case Studyp. 384
Referencesp. 389
Indexp. 439
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