Is ecological succession predictable? : Theory and applications

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Abstract

A literature study is presented on the predictability of ecological succession. Both equilibrium and nonequilibrium theories are discussed in relation to competition between, and co-existence of species. The consequences for conservation management are outlined and a research agenda is proposed focusing on a nonequilibrium view of ecosystem functioning. Applications are presented for freshwater-; marine-; dune- and forest ecosystems.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherAlterra
Number of pages80
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameAlterra-report
PublisherAlterra
No.1277
ISSN (Print)1566-7197

Keywords

  • plant succession
  • ecosystems
  • prediction
  • nature conservation
  • ecological disturbance
  • biological competition
  • equilibrium

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