By R.L. Specht, P.W. Rundel, W.E. Westman, P.C. Catling, J.D. Majer, P. Greenslade
The areas of the realm which adventure a mediterranean variety weather, with a funky rainy season alternating with a sizzling dry summer season, comprise the various world's most fascinating landscapes. within the previous global, the mediterranean landscapes grew to become the cradle of civilization; different mediterranean parts of the realm have attracted massive populations for plenty of centuries. those huge human populations have exerted consid erable pressure at the fragile ecosystems which built in those sunny, yet droughted, fire-prone land scapes. The mediterranean panorama has hence turn into essentially the most threatened on this planet. in recent times a lot has been realized concerning the constitution and serve as of mediterranean-type ecosystems (Di Castri and Mooney 1973, Mooney 1977, Thrower and Bradbury 1977, Mooney and Conrad 1977, Specht 1979, 1981, Miller 1981, Di Castri et at. 1981, Conrad and Oeche11982, Queze11982, Margaris and Mooney 1981, Kruger et ai. 1983, lengthy and Pons 1984, Dell et ai. 1986, Tenhunen et ai. 1987). a lot of this examine has been fostered less than the foreign organic software (IBP), UNESCO guy and the Biosphere software (MAB) and, lately, the overseas Society of Mediterranean Ecologists (ISOMED). To facilitate intercontinental comparisons, a lot of those reports have focused on a constrained variety of in depth websites regarded as consultant of a normal zone.