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Topical gradients in plant ecology

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dc.contributor.author Laughlin, Daniel C.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-11T20:06:45Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-11T20:06:45Z
dc.date.copyright 2012-09-29
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Laughlin, D. C. (2012). Topical gradients in plant ecology. Plant Ecology, 213(11), 1769-1780. en_NZ
dc.identifier.issn 1385-0237
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10289/6714
dc.description.abstract Plant ecology spans multiple levels of biological organization and spatio-temporal scales, and over four dozen plant ecology textbooks have been published since Warming's (1895) 'Oecology of Plants.' With increasing emphasis on specialization, students and teachers can feel paralyzed by the vast literature, and as such may lack an adequate appreciation of the history of the field. The objective of this study was to derive a comprehensive set of topics that are covered in plant ecology textbooks, and to ask (1) what are the most important topical gradients among textbooks, and (2) has the emphasis of topics changed over time? The NMS ordination determined that the first gradient represented a clear contrast in emphasis on physiological ecology versus community ecology. The second gradient represented a contrast in emphasis on abiotic environmental factors versus biotic factors. Negative interactions, growth, demography, gas exchange, mineral nutrition, stress, diversity, disturbance, herbivory, paleoecology, ecosystem ecology, pollution, and global change have increased in emphasis over time. The increasing reliance on data and the number of authors per textbook illustrates how the discipline has matured into a rigorous quantitative science that requires a diversity of specializations. These results can be used to inform the development of curricula within a single course or across several years of study, and to assist the development of new and revised textbooks. Plant ecologists need to be familiar with this core set of topics in addition to becoming an expert in a few of them. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Springer en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartof Plant Ecology
dc.subject Community ecology en_NZ
dc.subject Ecology curricula en_NZ
dc.subject History of ecology en_NZ
dc.subject Physiological ecology en_NZ
dc.subject Textbook en_NZ
dc.subject Vegetation ecology en_NZ
dc.title Topical gradients in plant ecology en_NZ
dc.type Journal Article en_NZ
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11258-012-0132-3 en_NZ


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