chapter  3
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Ecosystems: the conceptual basis

William Boyd (1991) Brazzaville Beach, Penguin Books There is a flourishing science, Ecology, which deals with the relationships of plants to their environment and one another. For plants, it has been discovered, are not scattered so indiscriminately as they seem to be, but occur in regular societies, composed, as a rule, of a very few dominant species and a number of lesser ones. Each of these societies is restricted to a certain type of soil, and where the soil changed a new set of plants comes to the fore.