• C. D. K. Cook
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Autecology is the study of the interrelationships between the individual and its environment. The scope of the subject is presented by Daubenmire (1959). The environment may be divided into climatic, edaphic and biotic categories. Each category can be subdivided into numerous factors. The interactions of the various factors are almost uncountable. Autecology is therefore an all-embracing subject which no one person can be expected to master. At the same time, hardly a botanist or gardener can not claim to do some autecological work. Research has, or should have, a motive. For this meeting our motive is conservation. In many ways I prefer to use the term “management” because conservation of threatened plants usually requires management of its environment or habitat. The scope of the subject forces me to select only a few topics.


Botanic Garden Vernal Pool Growth Cabinet Carnivorous Plant Ecological Amplitude 
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  • C. D. K. Cook
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  1. 1.Botanic GardenUniversity of ZürichSwitzerland

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