River Biota: Diversity and Dynamics

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River Biota: Diversity and Dynamics Editor: Peter P. Calow Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: John Wiley and Sons Ltd Pages: 268 Language: English ISBN: 9780865427167 Categories: , ,

As with all ecosystems, river systems involve a complex interaction of a rich diversity of micro–organisms, plants and animals with their physical and chemical environment. The river habitat presents unique problems for organisms exposed to unidirectional currents, seasonal variation in flow, and disturbance due to pollution and other human interference. The book starts with a description of the taxa, their adaptations and their ecologies, followed by chapters describing the ecosystem processes in terms of trophic interactions and the key production processes related to photosynthesis and decomposition. A major chapter then considers the principles, practices and problems associated with making reliable observations on river organisms, leading to final chapters investigating how river biota are impacted by human activity and how, in turn, they can be used as indicators of these effects in river–management programmes.

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Author Biography

Peter P. Calow is the editor of River Biota: Diversity and Dynamics, published by Wiley.