Psammic Peinobiomes: Nutrient-Limited Ecosystems of the Upper Orinoco and Rio Negro Basins


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Psammic Peinobiomes: Nutrient-Limited Ecosystems of the Upper Orinoco and Rio Negro Basins Editors: Pedro Garcia Montero, Otto Huber, Ernesto Medina, Joseph Alfred Zinck Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Springer International Publishing AG
Illustrations and other contents: 325 Illustrations, color; Approx. 350 p. 325 illus. in color. Language: English ISBN: 9783031207983 Categories: , , , ,

PreliminaryThe book constitutes a multidisciplinary approach to understand soil-landscape-vegetation relationships and ecophysiology of plant communities developing on sandy soils of very low fertility, submitted to seasonal flooding. It provides an overview of the white sand ecosystems within the Amazon basin, and focus on forest and herbaceous (meadows) vegetation growing on dystrophic sandy soils of the upper Negro and Orinoco rivers basins. Several chapters describe physiographic aspects of the study area using integrated remote sensing and in situ sampling, attaining a comprehensive description of the origin and evolution of soils and landscapes, an advanced classification of soils, and mapping the geographic distribution of the psammophilous vegetation. Other main aspects are a phytosociological classification of extensive forested areas, and a detailed description of structure and diversity of little known herbaceous formations. The book targets professionals in the fields of ecology, ecophysiology, geomorphology, soils, vegetation, environmental sciences. The information may be of significant use to researchers, protected area planners, and environmental policy makers.

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Author Biography

Alfred Zinck: Bachelor in Geography and Master in Edaphology and Geomorphology, University of Strasbourg, France. Doctorate in Regional Planning, University of Bordeaux, France. Postdoc Soil Science Dept. University of California Berkeley, USA. Emeritus Prof., Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. Otto Huber: Bachelor in Biology (1969) Universita degli Studi di Roma, Roma (Italy). Doctor degree in Botany and Geography, Leopold-Franzens- Universitat, Innsbruck (Austria) 1976. Specialist in neotropical floristics and phytogeography, (the Guayana region, the Orinoco savannas, and the cloud forest of the coastal range in Venezuela). Ecologist of Ministry for the Environment (MARNR-CODESUR), Amazonas state (1977-1983). Scientific consultant (CVG - EDELCA) and (MARNR) for ecology, and environmental impact (1986-1992)(Venezuela). Coordinator, Deutsche Gesellschaft fu r Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)/Germany (1992-1994) (project: Amazonian Center for Environmental Research (CAIAH), Amazonas state, Venezuela). Pedro Garcia Montero: Ing. Agr. Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) 1975. Master of Science (Soil Science), University of Florida, USA (1984).Long-term staff member of the governmental electric power company (CVG - EDELCA, Venezuela) and Ministry of the Environment (MARNR). Professor of Soil Science at the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV). Environmental Consultant. Member of the Orinoco Group. Ernesto Medina: Bachelor in Biology (1961), Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV). Doktor Acker, Universitat Hohenheim, Germany (1964). Postdoc. Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA (1970). Emeritus Researcher, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas (IVIC). Adjunct Scientist of the International Institute of Tropical Forestry (USDA), Puerto Rico.