Agroecology: Researching the Ecological Basis for by Stephen R. Gliessman (auth.), Stephen R. Gliessman (eds.)

By Stephen R. Gliessman (auth.), Stephen R. Gliessman (eds.)

***e FACHGEBIET*** Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry, Horticulture, Soil technological know-how, Environmental technological know-how (esp. Plant Ecology), Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural Economics, common source Economics, Sociology, and Anthropology ***INTERESSENTENGRUPPE*** Of curiosity to researchers, scholars, and pros within the above fields.- point: Technical e-book, Monograph ***URHEBER*** S.R.Gliessman, collage of California, Santa Cruz, CA (Ed.) ***TITEL*** Agroecology ***UNTERTITEL*** Researching the Ecological foundation for Sustainable Agriculture ***BIBLIOGRAPHISCHE-ANGABEN*** 1990. XIV, 380 pp. 87 figs. (Ecological reports. Eds.: W.D. Billings, F. Golley, O.L. Lange, J.S. Olson, H. Remmert. Vol. seventy eight) Hardcover DM 198,- ISBN 3-540-97028-2 ***CONTENTS*** Contents: Part I: uncomplicated Ecological options in Agroecosystems.- Part II: Agroecosystem layout and Management.- Index. ***LANGTEXT*** This booklet presents an creation to investigate ways within the rising interdisciplinary box of agroecology. It demonstrates in a chain of foreign case reviews how one can mix the extra production-oriented concentration of the agronomist with the extra systems-oriented point of view of the ecologist. diverse methodologies for quantifying and comparing agroecosystem sustainability are awarded and analyzed. best researchers within the box offer examples of the variety and complexity of agroecological study, starting from archeology to insect ecology, and consider layout and administration of agroecosystems that span from the humid tropics to temperate areas. This well timed assessment could be of serious price to ecologists, agronomists, geographers, foresters, anthropologists, and others concerned with constructing a sustainable foundation for land use, administration, and conservation around the globe. ***RS-ENDE*** RS 11/89 PREX ***RS-NOTIZEN*** NY/Dr. Czeschlik

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Taking a "complexity begets stability" maxim as an example of a theoretical construct, and pest regulation as a practical goal, we might assume that the current use of monoculture over large acreages would cause farmers to face the dilemma of a pestmanaging Sisyphus, except that with time, the boulder is gaining mass, and the mountain is eroding. Monoculture does have important ecological costs (Horwith, 1985). But, to assess the connections we must define complexity and stability in terms of the practical goal.

As Leston (1973) points out, many ofthese dominant species are very efficient predators, and 40 6. 7. 8. 9. R. Carroll and S. Risch some ant species are able to coexist within the territories of dominant species. In annual and biannual cropping regimes, the frequent disturbance of the habitat may prevent somewhat the development of exclusive territories, but this point clearly needs investigation. Ants are common and do not have to be imported. The number of ant species in small agricultural fields and plantations is often large.

Effects of plant diversity and time of colonization on an herbivore-plant interaction. Oecologia. 44:319-326. E. 1984. Plant spatial pattern and herbivore population dynamics; plant factors affecting the movement patterns of a tropical cucurbit specialist (Acalymma innubum). Ecology. 65: 175-190. , and J. Espinosa M. 1982. Cropping system and growth and nodulation responses of beans to nitrogen in Tabasco, Mexico. Tropic. Agric. 59(4):279-282. L. 1975. Stability and connectance in food web models.

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