Vegetation Science in the 1980s

  • Eddy van der Maarel
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 7)


Vegetation science started as descriptive, geographically orientated phytosociology, with an emphasis on the floristic composition of plant communities and the correlation of community patterns with variations in climate and soil. It is now rapidly broadening to include structural and functional characteristics of plant communities integrated with operational factors from the dynamic environment. Parallel to this development, there has been a shift in related disciplines: from floristic plant geography, soil science, climatology, and nature conservation to population ecology, ecophysiology, paleoecology, mathematics, natural resource ecology, and landscape ecology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eddy van der Maarel
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  1. 1.Institute of Ecological BotanyUppsalaSweden

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