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A sequence of concise books, each one through one or a number of authors, will supply recommended, world-wide details on methods to reading ecological structures and their interacting elements. Syntheses of leads to flip will illustrate the effectiveness, and the restrictions, of present wisdom. This sequence goals to assist conquer the fragmen­ tation of our knowing approximately common and controlled landscapes and water- approximately guy and the various different organisms which rely on those environments. We may perhaps occasionally look complacent that the environment has supported many civilizations particularly good - greater in a few elements of the Earth than in others. smooth know-how has mastered a few problems yet creates new ones quicker than we expect. Pressures of human and different animal populations now spotlight complicated ecological difficulties of functional significance and theoretical medical curiosity. In each climatic-biotic area, alterations in vegetation, soils, waters, air and different assets which aid existence are accelerating. Such alterations engulf not just areas already crowded or exploited. They spill over into extra typical components the place contrasting offerings for destiny use may still stay open to our descendents-where Nature's personal balances and imbalances may be interpreted via inventive study, and want to be.

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In the example above, seed set will certainly be a function both of precipitation and of wind speed external to the forest. But neither of these variables is unaffected by the existence of the forest. We are in a situation where a distinction between dependent and independent variables cannot be upheld. References GOODALL, D. : Computer simulation of changes in vegetation subject to grazing. J. Ind. Bot. Soc. 46, 356-362 (1967). - Simulating the grazing situation pp. 311-336. In:Concepts and Models of Biomathematics: Simulation Techniques and Methods.

This last achievement was possible through detailed growth analyses of certain crops - long a common practice in plant physiology - which was called "phenometry" by KAEMPFERT (1948) and MORGEN (1949) in its adaptation to phenological studies. Phenology is today a well-established tool in agrometeorology and ought to become a common ground in IBP for discussion between ecologists and meteorologists. Phenological Observations in Productivity Studies From discussion of the concepts of phenology and phenometry, it is obvious that there are many aspects of productivity studies which can be categorized, predicted and evaluated on the basis of phenological attributes.

Fig. 3 shows the phenological spectrum of a Polish meadow as modified from JANKOWSKA (1967). This same volume also contains a phenological spectrum of a deciduous forest by KAZMIERCZAKOWA (1967). Phenograms of the flowering times of higher plants in various communities of the Southeastern United States (after HARPER 1906) are presented in Fig. 2. Fig. 6 illustrates the construction of a phenological map based upon the main vegetation period in Central Europe (redrawn from SCHNELLE,1955). Life Cycles and Duration of Phases Besides determination of the effective growing season, it is most important in productivity studies to know how different phenophases are related to each other as well as to changes in environmental factors.

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