Advertisement

The Inadequate Environment

Nitrogen and the Abundance of Animals

  • Thomas C. R. White

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. The Inadequate Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 3-4
    3. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 5-21
    4. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 22-28
  3. Herbivores in an Inadequate Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 31-107
    3. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 108-122
    4. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 123-134
    5. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 135-192
    6. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 193-232
    7. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 233-241
    8. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 242-250
  4. Survival in an Inadequate Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-252
    2. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 253-260
    3. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 261-290
    4. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 291-300
  5. Predators in an Inadequate Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 304-313
    3. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 314-330
  6. The Alleviation of an Inadequate Environment: Outbreaks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 333-340
    3. Thomas C. R. White
      Pages 350-355
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 367-425

About this book

Introduction

Ecology is characterized by a rapidly growing complexity and diversity of facts, aspects, examples, and observations. What is badly needed is the development of common patterns, of rules that, as in other sciences such as physics, can more generally explain the increasing complexity and variability we observe. Tom White, being one of the "seniors" in ecology, makes such an attempt in his book. the pattern he shows and explains with numerous examples from the entire animal kingdom is a universal hunger for nitrogen, a misery that drives the ecology of all organisms. He advocates that the awareness of this fundamental role that the limitation of nitrogen plays in the ecology of all organisms should be as a much part of each ecologis's intellectual equipment as is the awareness of the fact of evolution by means of natural selection. His claim is that not "enery" but "nitrogen" is the most limited "currency" in the animal world for the production and growth of their young.

Keywords

adaptation development ecology environment evolution fauna fish forest growth insects invertebrates nitrogen nutrition population ecology reptiles

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas C. R. White
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Crop ProtectionWaite Agricultural Research InstituteGlen OsmondAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-78299-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-78301-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-78299-2
  • Buy this book on publisher's site