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Garden ecology

Hill, Mark. 2015 Garden ecology. In: Ingram, David S.; Vince-Prue, Daphne; Gregory, Peter J., (eds.) Science and the garden: the scientific basis of horticultural practice. 3rd ed. Chichester, Wiley Blackwell, 278-291.

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Chapter 20. In this chapter plants and gardens are considered from an ecological perspective. Garden function is dependent on food webs and element cycling on local and global scales. How a plant performs in the garden is strongly dependent on its natural habitat. Ecosystem diversity is strongly affected by past events such as ice ages. It also depends on grazing animals, pests and diseases, which prevent individual plant species from becoming overwhelmingly dominant. The balance of nature is dependent on plant diversity but many natural systems are unstable.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1002/9781118778418.ch20
CEH Sections: CEH fellows
ISBN: 9781118778432
Additional Keywords: horticulture, ecosystem, habitat, biodiversity
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Botany
Date made live: 17 Feb 2016 15:49 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/512866

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