Old Fields: Dynamics and Restoration of Abandoned Farmland by Richard J. Hobbs,Viki A. Cramer

By Richard J. Hobbs,Viki A. Cramer

Land abandonment is expanding as human effect at the globe intensifies and numerous ecological, social, and fiscal elements conspire to strength the cessation of agriculture and other kinds of land administration. The “old fields” that end result from abandonment were the topic of a lot research, but few makes an attempt were made to check the bigger questions raised through previous box dynamics.


Old Fields brings jointly prime specialists from world wide to synthesize earlier and present paintings on outdated fields, delivering an up to date standpoint at the ecological dynamics of deserted land. The booklet supplies readers a extensive figuring out of why agricultural land is deserted, the standards that make sure the ecological restoration of outdated fields, and the way this realizing contributes to theoretical and utilized ecology.


Twelve case stories from diversified geographical and climatic areas—including Australian rainforest, Brazilian Amazonia, New Jersey piedmont, and South African renosterveld—offer an international point of view at the explanations and result of land abandonment. Concluding chapters contemplate the similarities and alterations one of the case reviews, learn them within the context of ecological thoughts, and talk about their relevance to the transforming into box of recovery ecology.


Old Fields is the 1st ebook to attract jointly stories on previous fields from either a theoretical and useful point of view. It represents a massive contribution to the improvement of idea on outdated box dynamics and the perform of ecological recovery on deserted farmland, and the wider implications of outdated box dynamics to ecology and restoration.


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