By Ulrich Seeliger
Published ecological details on Latin American coasts is scarce, regardless of the transforming into desire for a complete exam of coastal approaches on a world scale. This ebook brings jointly info on benthic marine algae, seagrasses, salt marsh, mangrove, and dune plant groups all through Latin America.
Researchers and graduate scholars in plant ecology, marine biology, and environmental administration will enjoy the important details during this book.
- Distribution and neighborhood ecology
- Modern learn approaches
- Coastal administration possibilities
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P r o b a b l y c o m p e t e s with Pterocladia for substrate. T h e r e is a clear m o r p h o l o g i c a l difference b e t w e e n plants t h a t c o m p o s e these two e p i p h y t i c p o p u l a t i o n s . O n Pterocladia (site 2), e p i p h y t e s a r e small tufts with erect filaments firmly a t t a c h e d to t h e host, which allows t h e m t o resist local h y d r o d y n a m i c conditions. I n contrast, species grow ing in m o r e p r o t e c t e d zones h a v e a c r e e p i n g m o r p h o l o g y o w i n g t o t h e d e v e l o p m e n t of loose p r o s t r a t e filaments.
Subsequently, M e n g e a n d S u t h e r l a n d (1987) p r o d u c e d a n o t h e r m o d e l relating diversity to (1) r e c r u i t m e n t , (2) envi r o n m e n t a l stress, (3) c o m p e t i t i o n , a n d (4) p r e d a t i o n (all of t h e factors t h a t m a y a c c o u n t for vegetation dynamics). T h e a r g u m e n t s for this m o d e l a r e essentially similar to those of R o u g h g a r d e n (1986), b u t p r e d a t i o n is i n c o r p o r a t e d a n d differentiated f r o m physical effects.