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Old Fields: Dynamics and Restoration of Abandoned Farmland (Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration)

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Publisher Comments:

Land abandonment is increasing as human influence on the globe intensifies and various ecological, social, and economic factors conspire to force the cessation of agriculture and other forms of land management. The “old fields” that result from abandonment have been the subject of much study, yet few attempts have been made to examine the larger questions raised by old field dynamics.

 

Old Fields brings together leading experts from around the world to synthesize past and current work on old fields, providing an up-to-date perspective on the ecological dynamics of abandoned land. The book gives readers a broad understanding of why agricultural land is abandoned, the factors that determine the ecological recovery of old fields, and how this understanding contributes to theoretical and applied ecology.

 

Twelve case studies from diverse geographical and climatic areas—including Australian rainforest, Brazilian Amazonia, New Jersey piedmont, and South African renosterveld—offer a global perspective on the causes and results of land abandonment. Concluding chapters consider the similarities and differences among the case studies, examine them in the context of ecological concepts, and discuss their relevance to the growing field of restoration ecology.

 

Old Fields is the first book to draw together studies on old fields from both a theoretical and practical perspective. It represents an important contribution to the development of theory on old field dynamics and the practice of ecological restoration on abandoned farmland, and the broader implications of old field dynamics to ecology and restoration.

 

Book News Annotation:

The purpose of Cramer (environmental science, Murdoch U., Australia) and Hobbs (also at Murdoch U. and editor-in-chief of the journal Restoration Ecology) in presenting this work is to begin a synthesis of the knowledge concerning the ecological dynamics of abandoned farmland in different parts of the world. Their volume begins with a historical account of the development of ideas on ecological succession, particularly in reference to old fields, and an overview of more recent theoretical development in the areas of ecosystem assembly and alternative stable states. It then presents a series of case studies of old fields, including material from the tropics, eastern North America, central Europe, the Mediterranean basin, South Africa, and southwestern Australia and concludes with a discussion of the similarities and differences between the case studies as relevant to the previous theoretical material and the improvement of restoration practice. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Old Fields brings together leading experts from around the world to synthesize past and current work on old fields, providing an up-to-date perspective on the ecological dynamics of abandoned land. The book gives readers a broad understanding of why agricultural land is abandoned, the factors that determine the ecological recovery of old fields, and how this understanding contributes to theoretical and applied ecology.

About the Author

Viki A. Cramer is an ecologist in the School of Environmental Science at Murdoch University in Western Australia, where she teaches environmental restoration.

Richard J. Hobbs is Australian Professorial Fellow at Murdoch University, fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and editor-in-chief of the journal Restoration Ecology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

 

Chapter 1. Why Old Fields? Socioeconomic and Ecological Causes and Consequences of Land Abandonment

 

PART I. Old Fields and the Development of Ecological Concepts

Chapter 2. Old Field Succession: Development of Concepts

Chapter 3. Old Fields as Complex Systems: New Concepts for Describing the Dynamics of Abandoned Farmland

 

PART II. Case Studies from Around the World

Chapter 4. Implications of Land Use History for Natural Forest Regeneration and Restoration Strategies in Puerto Rico

Chapter 5. Processes Affecting Succession in Old Fields of Brazilian Amazonia

Chapter 6. Old Field Vegetation Succession in the Neotropics

Chapter 7. Patterns and Processes of Old Field Reforestation in Australian Rain Forest Landscapes

Chapter 8. Succession on the Piedmont of New Jersey and Its Implications for Ecological Restoration

Chapter 9. Succession and Restoration in Michigan Old Field Communities

Chapter 10. Old Field Succession in Central Europe: Local and Regional Patterns

Chapter 11. Dynamics and Restoration of Abandoned Farmland and Other Old Fields in Southern France

Chapter 12. Land Abandonment and Old Field Dynamics in Greece

Chapter 13. Old Field Dynamics on the Dry Side of the Mediterranean Basin: Patterns and Processes in Semiarid Southeast Spain

Chapter 14. Restoration of Old Fields in Renosterveld: A Case Study in a Mediterranean-type Shrubland of South Africa

Chapter 15. Prospects for the Recovery of Native Vegetation in Western Australian Old Fields

 

PART III. Synthesis: Old Field Dynamics and Restoration

Chapter 16. Old Field Dynamics: Regional and Local Differences, and Lessons for Ecology and Restoration

 

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781597260756
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Environmental Science
Editor:
Cramer, Viki A.; Hobbs, Richard J.
Editor:
Cramer, Viki
Editor:
Cramer, Viki A.
Editor:
Hobbs, Richard
Editor:
Hobbs, Richard J.
Author:
Cramer, Viki A.
Author:
Society for Ecological Restoration
Author:
Hobbs, Richard J.
Subject:
Reclamation of land
Subject:
Restoration ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Series
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Old Fields brings together leading experts from around the world to synthesize past and current work on old fields, providing an up-to-date perspective on the ecological dynamics of abandoned land. The book gives readers a broad understanding of why agricultural land is abandoned, the factors that determine the ecological recovery of old fields, and how this understanding contributes to theoretical and applied ecology.

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