"Landscape Bionomics, or Bio-integrated Landscape Ecology,
radically transforms the main principles of traditional Landscape
Ecology by recognizing the landscape as a living entity rather than
merely the spatial distribution of species and communities on the
territory, often analysed in separate themes (water, species,
pollution, etc.). To be more exact, the landscape is identified as
the "life organization integrating a set of plants, animals and
human communities and its system of natural, semi-natural, and
human cultural ecosystems in a certain spatial configuration." This
new perspective inevitably leads to significant changes in how to
assess and manage the environment.
This book represents the culmination of an endeavor begun by the
author, with the support of Richard Forman and Zev Naveh, more than
a dozen years ago. It builds on the author s previous successful
publication, "Landscape Ecology, A Widening Foundation," by
addressing a range of additional topics and discussing the new
theoretical and methodological concepts that have emerged during
the past decade of research. Particular attention is paid to the
fact that interventions in the landscape can be made with the best
intentions yet cause serious damage Against this background, the
author explains the need to study "landscape units" by applying
methods comparable to those used in clinical diagnosis hence
ecologists can be viewed as the physicians of ecological
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