By John D. Thompson

Plant Evolution within the Mediterranean integrates a various and scattered literature to provide a man-made account of plant evolutionary ecology. The vital subject matter is differentiation, either between and inside species within the modern vegetation of the Mediterranean basin. This strategy is built by way of trying to hyperlink inhabitants procedures to species evolution, and by means of interpreting the difference and evolution of ecological functionality within the context of spatial habitat version and neighborhood historical past. The Mediterranean is a zone with a posh geological and climatic historical past and a hugely heterogeneous panorama within which human actions have drastically changed neighborhood stipulations and the spatial configuration of habitats. This ebook explores the evolutionary strategies that have formed plant evolution within the context of those significant affects on vegetation.

The e-book is based round relevant themes in evolutionary ecology: variety and version. The Mediterranean sector is a hotspot of plant biodiversity, a key component of that is its richness in endemic species. a first-rate query motivating the 1st part of this e-book matters the function of old components and spatial environmental edition within the evolution of such endemism. The Mediterranean panorama is usually characterized by way of dramatic diversifications in ecological stipulations, usually over brief distances. A moment concentration is at the ecological and old elements which mediate dispersal, copy, and adaptive trait version within the Mediterranean mosaic.

This available textual content is geared toward scholars and researchers in plant evolutionary biology, ecology, biogeography, inhabitants biology, and systematics. it's going to even be of curiosity to plant scientists and botanical societies worldwide.

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