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Title Biodiversity of West African forests : an ecological atlas of woody plant species / edited by L. Poorter [and others]
Published Wallingford, Oxon, UK ; Cambridge, MA, USA : CABI Pub., ©2004


Description 1 online resource (521 pages) : illustrations (some color), color maps
Contents West African forests : introduction / L. Poorter, F. Bongers and R.H.M.J. Lemmens -- Forest cover changes in Côte d'Ivoire and Upper Guinea / C. Chatelain, H. Dao, L. Gautier and R. Spichiger -- The forest-savanna transition in West Africa / L. Gautier and R. Spichiger -- The forests of Upper Guinea : gradients in large species composition / F. Bongers, L. Poorter and W.D. Hawthorne -- Floristic diversity of closed forests in Côte d'Ivoire / F.N'. Kouamé, K.E. Kouadio, K. Kouassi and L. Poorter -- Biodiversity hotspots in West Africa ; patterns and causes / J.J. Wieringa and L. Poorter -- What explains the distribution of rare and endemic West African plants? / M. Holmgren, L. Poorter and A. Siepel -- Implications for conservation and management / F. Bongers, L. Poorter, V. Beligné, W.D. Hawthorne, F.N'. Kouamé, M.P.E. Parren and D. Traoré -- Ecological profiles of rare and endemic species / M. Holmgren, L. Poorter, A. Siepel, F. Bongers, M. Buitelaar, C. Chatelain, L. Gautier, W.D. Hawthorne, A.T.F. Helmink, C.C.H. Jongkind, H.J. Os-Breijer, J.J. Wieringa and A.R. van Zoest -- Ecological profiles of large timber species / A. Siepel, L. Poorter and W.D. Hawthorne -- Checklist of Upper Guinea forest species / C.C.H. Jongkind
Summary This book focuses on the biodiversity and ecology of West African forests. The first part of the book includes 8 chapters which analyse the factors that give rise to biodiversity and structure tropical plant communities. It emphasizes the distribution and state of the forests and analyses vegetation gradients, determines hotspots of plant diversity, and treats distribution patterns of rare and endemic species in the Upper Guinean forests which extend from Senegal to Togo. The main part of the book is an atlas with ecological profiles of 280 rare and endemic plant species and 56 large timber species, each with a one-page entry including a coloured photograph and distribution map. This book will appeal to researchers working in forestry, biodiversity, plant ecology and conservation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 507-516) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Forest plants -- Africa, West
Plant diversity -- Africa, West
Forest biodiversity -- Africa, West
Plant diversity conservation -- Africa, West
Forest conservation -- Africa, West
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Biological Diversity.
NATURE -- Animals -- Wildlife.
Endangered species.
Forest ecology.
Forest trees.
Geographical distribution.
Nature conservation.
Plant communities.
Species diversity.
Tropical forests.
Tropical rain forests.
Vegetation types.
Wild plants.
Woody plants.
Forest biodiversity
Forest conservation
Forest plants
Plant diversity
Plant diversity conservation
West Africa
Form Electronic book
Author Poorter, L. (Lourens)
LC no. 2003055524
ISBN 9780851999517