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Ecology for Gardeners

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978 0881 926118
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Even a relatively small garden is a miniature ecosystem. It includes a surprising diversity of organisms that interact in a myriad of ways. Some are permanent residents, others come and go in search of a meal or a mate. An insect feeding on a garden plant is simultaneously hunted by predators and weakened by parasites; it competes with other herbivores for choice food plants; it is hindered in its feeding by the plants' chemical and physical defenses; and it challenges other members of its species for the best mates and locations for egg-laying. 

Ecology for Gardeners covers structure, development, genetics, and reproduction of plants, the most prominent actors in garden ecosystems. The book describes other garden organisms, focusing on those with the most influential roles---insects, nematodes and microorganisms---as well as garden denizens ranging from microscopic prions to elephants.


Nature of plants: The plant body, growth & development, sexual reproduction, classifying & naming plants,

Other garden inhabitants: Animals, protists, fungi, actinomycetes, bacteria, archaea, viruses & prions,

Garden environment: Sunlight, air, natural waters, soil, energy, food chains & webs, material cycles, limiting factors,

Plants in the environment: Interactions with natural forces, interactions with mineral substances, plant communities,

Interactions among garden organisms: Competition, herbivory, predation, parasitism, mutualism,

Gardening as applied ecology: Stewardship of the soil, of the water, of the atosphere, managing garden organisms, plant nutrients & soil amendments, energy, holistic garden management,

Epilogue, Glossary, Further reading, 2 indexes.

SB Carroll and SD Salt, 2005, 328 p, illustrated, 174 color plates.   $44.95

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