Jeffrey D. Corbin, Carla M. D’antonio, Andrew R. Dyer and Mark R. Stromberg

in California Grasslands

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252202
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933972 | DOI:

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Grassland ecosystems cover 10 percent of California's land area, and this habitat type is home to many endangered animals and plants in the state. This chapter presents a state-of-the-art synthesis by scientists studying California grasslands on the status of our knowledge of the history, ecology, and management of grasslands. It begins with an overview that presents the nomenclature, systematics, and classifications of the important plant species and communities, and also discusses the role of climatic and soil conditions in the distribution of grasslands, including population and community ecology. The book concludes with management and conservation efforts, and the use of restoration science to combat exotic species and restore native biodiversity.

Keywords: grassland ecosystem; plant species; plant communities; population ecology; community ecology; conservation; restoration; native biodiversity

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Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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