island biogeography

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Basically, the relationship between area and species number, as an equilibrium between immigration and extinction, on islands; a study that is possible because islands are numerous and their biotas are often small enough to be quantified. The subject also has great relevance to the continents, where plant and animal communities are effectively reduced to islands in a sea of cultivation or urbanization.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry — Ecology and Conservation.

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