Igapó (Black-water flooded forests) of the Amazon Basin

  • Randall W. Myster

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Randall W. Myster
    Pages 1-19
  3. Igapó Over Space and Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. María Natalia Umaña, Diego F. Correa, Ángela Cano, Luisa F. Casas, Sasha Cárdenas, Boris Villanueva et al.
      Pages 23-35
  4. Water and Light

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Daniele Kasper, Bruce Rider Forsberg, Helena do Amaral Kehrig, João Henrique Fernandes Amaral, Wanderley Rodrigues Bastos, Olaf Malm
      Pages 39-56
  5. Soil and the Carbon Cycle

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Maria de Lourdes Pinheiro Ruivo, Denise de Andrade Cunha, Rosecelia Moreira da Silva Castro, Elessandra Laura Nogueira Lopes, Darley C. Leal Matos, Rita Denize de Oliveira
      Pages 67-78
  6. Litter, Fungi and Invertebrates

  7. Vertebrates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Adrian A. Barnett, Thays Jucá
      Pages 121-133
    3. Janice Chism, Richard L. Jackson Jr
      Pages 149-160
    4. Larissa Schneider, Richard C. Vogt
      Pages 161-182
  8. Plants

  9. Human Impacts and Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. Fabio Rubio Scarano, Reinaldo Luiz Bozelli, André Tavares Corrêa Dias, Arcilan Assireu, Danielle Justino Capossoli, Francisco de Assis Esteves et al.
      Pages 279-294
    3. Randall W. Myster
      Pages 295-303
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 305-311

About this book


Igapó forests are a common part of the Amazon whose ecosystems are critical to our shared human future. The introduction addresses the structure, function and dynamics of igapó forests in the Amazon basin, focusing on their uniqueness due to their high level of complexity defined as the many ways that different components of igapó forests in the Amazon basin ecosystem interact and also on how those interactions are on a higher-order compared to other tropical forests. The text then breaks down the igapó ecosystem using these sections: (1) Igapó forests over space and time, (2) Water, light and soils, (3) The carbon cycle, (4) Litter, fungi and invertebrates, (5) Vertebrates, (6) Plant population studies, (7) Plant community studies, and (8) Human impacts and management. Experts from around the world serve as chapter authors that review what is known about their specific part of the igapó ecosystem, what research they have done, and also what needs to be done in the future. 



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Editors and affiliations

  • Randall W. Myster
    • 1
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentOklahoma State UniversityOklahoma CityUSA

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