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The Biology of Peatlands, 2e

Second Edition

Håkan Rydin and John K. Jeglum

July 2013

ISBN: 9780199603008

398 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

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Biology of Habitats Series

Price: £45.99

This book provides a comprehensive and up to date overview of peatland ecosystems. It examines the entire range of biota present in this habitat and considers management, conservation, and restoration issues.

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This book provides a comprehensive and up to date overview of peatland ecosystems. It examines the entire range of biota present in this habitat and considers management, conservation, and restoration issues.

  • Builds on the reputation of the first edition, providing a fully revised and comprehensive successor
  • Includes a new chapter on the role and response of peatlands to global and regional change
  • Examines the entire range of biota (microbes, invertebrates, plants and vertebrates) that occupy this habitat
  • Considers management, conservation, and restoration issues in the context of global climate change

New to this edition

  • Fully revised with the latest advances in areas such as microbial processes and relations between biological processes and hydrology.
  • Includes a new chapter on the role and response of peatlands to global and regional climate change.

About the Author(s)

Håkan Rydin, Department of Plant Ecology and Evolution, Uppsala University, and John K. Jeglum, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Håkan Rydin is a Professor in Plant Ecology at Uppsala University, where he teaches ecology courses. His research focusses on the ecology of peatlands and the biology of bryophytes, both in peatlands and in other ecosystems. Over the years he has used peatlands to discuss ecological topics such as plant community structure, succession, and vegetation dynamics. His studies on the peat mosses (Sphagnum) cover ecophysiology, competition, niche relations, and dispersal. In more applied projects, he has dealt with the effects of nitrogen deposition and increased levels of carbon dioxide on mire ecosystems across Europe, and also worked with experiments on the restoration of drained peatlands.

John Jeglum is a retired Professor in Forest Peatland Science at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå, where he taught wetland ecology and peatland forestry. His research deals with forest and peatland succession, and GIS analysis of peatland distribution in relation to state factors. Previously, he was a Research Scientist with the Canadian Forest Service in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. His projects included wetland and forest ecosystem classification, multivariate analysis of ecological data, natural regeneration of black spruce (Picea mariana) by strip clearcutting, forest drainage, and best forestry practices. He has studied peatlands in Canada (Saskatchewan, Ontario, Hudson-James Bay Lowlands), Sweden, Finland, and Ireland.

Table of Contents

    1: Peatland habitats
    2: Diversity of life in peatlands
    3: Adaptations to the peatland habitat
    4: Sphagnum - the builder of boreal peatlands
    5: Peat and organic soil
    6: The peat archives
    7: Peatland succession and development
    8: Peatland hydrology
    9: Nutrients, light, and temperature
    10: Hydrologic systems, hydromorphology, and peatland patterns
    11: Peatlands around the world
    12: Productivity and peat accumulation
    13: Management, conservation, and restoration of peatlands
    14: Peatlands and climate change

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