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作者 Maser, Chris
書名 Trees, Truffles, and Beasts : How Forests Function
出版項 Piscataway : Rutgers University Press, 2008
©2008
國際標準書號 9780813544656 (electronic bk.)
9780813542256
book jacket
說明 1 online resource (300 pages)
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附註 Intro -- Contents -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- The Scope of This Book, from the Microlevel to Infinity -- Forests Are a Study in Complexity -- Soil Is Every Forest's Foundation -- People and Forests Are Inseparable -- Chapter 1: The Forest We See -- Composition, Structure, and Function -- Pacific Northwestern United States versus Southeastern Mainland Australia -- Chapter 2: The Unseen Forest -- The Genesis of Soil -- Physical Weathering -- Chemical Weathering -- The Addition of Organic Material to Mineral Soil -- The Living Community within the Soil -- The Nitrogen Fixers -- Scavengers, the Recyclers in the Soil -- The Environment Is a Seamless Whole -- Chapter 3: Trees, Truffles, and Beasts: Coevolution in Action -- In the Beginning -- Mycorrhizae Enter the Scene -- Fungal Nourishment: Decomposition and Symbiosis -- Global Diversification of Organisms, Unification of Functions -- Host Specificity and Forest Succession -- Trees, Truffles, and Beasts: Spore Dispersal through Mycophagy -- Chapter 4: Of Animals and Fungi -- Obligate Mycophagists -- Preferential Mycophagists -- Casual or Opportunistic Mycophagists -- Accidental Mycophagists -- Preferences in Fungal Diets -- Invertebrate Mycophagists -- Chapter 5: The Importance of Mycophagy -- The Fungal Feast: Nutritional Rewards of Mycophagy -- Macroelements -- Microelements -- Proteins and Amino Acids -- Carbohydrates -- Fats and Fatty Acids -- Vitamins -- Nutrient Availability, Symbiosis, and Digestive Strategy -- Truffle Diversity, the Key to Mycophagist Nutrition -- Ecosystem Services of Mycophagy -- Mycophagy Interactions with Soil Moisture -- Mycophagy Initiates and Maintains Truffle Diversity -- Chapter 6: Landscape Patterns and Fire -- Landscape Patterns -- The Role of Fire in Forests -- Fire in the Western United States -- Fire in Southeastern Mainland Australia
Lessons from Byadbo, Mount St. Helens, Omeo, and Beyond -- The Mycorrhizal Response to Disturbance -- The Role of Spore Dispersal by Mycophagy -- Emulating Fire Patterns -- Chapter 7: Forest Succession and Habitat Dynamics -- Developmental Stages of the Forest -- Autogenic Succession above Ground -- Autogenic Succession below Ground -- The Dynamics of Habitat -- Food -- Water -- Shelter -- Privacy -- Space -- Landscape Patterns -- United States -- Australia -- Humankind's Fragmentation -- Equality among Species -- Chapter 8: Of Lifestyles and Shared Habitats -- A Glimpse of Two U.S. Forests -- A Glimpse of Two Australian Forests -- Ecological Services of Mycophagous Mammals -- The Fungal Connection -- The Fruit-Body Connection -- The Squirrel Connection -- The Pellet Connection -- Mycophagy as a Basis of Infrastructural Relationships -- Putting It All Together -- Partitioning Habitat in the United States -- Partitioning Habitat in Australia -- Partitioning Food in the United States -- Partitioning Food in Australia -- Temporal Segregation in the United States -- Temporal Segregation in Australia -- The Importance of Ecological "Backups" -- Chapter 9: Lessons from the Trees, the Truffles, and the Beasts -- Shifting Our Focus -- Products and Biological Capital -- Appendix A: North American Common and Scientific Names -- Appendix B: Australian Common and Scientific Names -- Notes -- Glossary -- Index -- About the Authors
In today's world of specialization, people are attempting to protect the Earth's fragile state by swapping limousines for hybrids and pesticide-laced foods for organic produce. At other times, environmental awareness is translated into public relations gimmicks or trendy commodities. Moreover, simplistic policies, like single-species protection or planting ten trees for every tree cut down, are touted as bureaucratic or industrial panaceas. Because today's decisions are tomorrow's consequences, every small effort makes a difference, but a broader understanding of our environmental problems is necessary to the development of sustainable ecosystem policies. In Trees, Truffles, and Beasts, Chris Maser, Andrew W. Claridge, and James M. Trappe make a compelling case that we must first understand the complexity and interdependency of species and habitats from the microscopic level to the gigantic. Comparing forests in the Pacific Northwestern United States and Southeastern mainland of Australia, the authors show how easily observable species#65533;trees and mammals#65533;are part of a complicated infrastructure that includes fungi, lichens, and organisms invisible to the naked eye, such as microbes. Eminently readable, this important book shows that forests are far more complicated than most of us might think, which means simplistic policies will not save them. Understanding the biophysical intricacies of our life-support systems just might
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
鏈接 Print version: Maser, Chris Trees, Truffles, and Beasts : How Forests Function Piscataway : Rutgers University Press,c2008 9780813542256
主題 Forest ecology.;Forest ecology -- United States.;Forest ecology -- Australia
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Alt Author Claridge, Andrew W
Trappe, James M
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