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Book ID:  099744
Rydin, Hakan and John K. Jeglum

The Biology of Peatlands. 2006. (Reprint 2009). (The Biology of Habitats). figs. tabs. illus. IX, 343 p. gr8vo. Paper bd.
The book provides a comprehensive overview of peatland ecosystems. Coverage is international although there is a focus on boreal and north temperate peatlands. As well as thoroughly referencing the latest research, the authors expose a rich older literature where an immense repository of natural history has accumulated. The book begins with an overview of the main peatland types. Chapters then follow on the diversity of the entire range of biota present, together with their specific adaptions to peatland habitats. Detailed coverage is devoted to the moss genus Sphagnum, one of the most important functional plant groups in northern peatlands. Throughout the book, the interactions between organisms and environmental conditions are stressed. The book contains chapters on the physical and chemical characteristics of peat, the role of peat as an archive of past vegetation and climate, and peatland succession and development. Several other key factors and processes are then examined including hydrology, nutrient cycling, light and temperature.
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Total Price :45.00 EURO (US$ 56.25)