288 pages | 600 Color Illus.
Trees are one of the dominant features of our existence on earth and play a fundamental role in the environment. This book gives the reader an overview and understanding of trees. Subject areas covered include ecology and conservation, tree anatomy and evolution, pathology, silviculture, propagation, and surgery. The different chapters cover trees from various world habitats, from northern boreal and montane coniferous forests to tropical and subtropical rainforests. The book is fully illustrated throughout with the highest quality color photos and is invaluable to professionals and students in plant science, plant biology, ecology, and conservation and to those working in forestry and arboriculture.
Well written, very readable, and accessible to the general reader, while summarising some serious scientific issues… lavishly illustrated… the quality of the photographs is very good… a book that will be very useful for students of economic botany in particular and as an introduction to forestry, arboriculture and conservation.
—J. R. Barnett, Annals of Botany, July 2010
…aimed at the undergraduate level, although there is much in it for amateur naturalists, geographers and even something for gardeners… should be of interest to gardeners, as well as foresters and tree surgeons… covers this wide range of topics and approaches in an excellent easily readable way… a good introduction to forests and trees in the wild and tree and forest management…
—John Goodier, Reference Reviews, July 2011
Introduction to Woody Habit Section. World Distribution of Forests: Northern boreal and montane coniferous forests. Temperate rain and deciduous forests. Temperate mixed evergreen forests. Tropical and sub-tropical rain and dry forests. Tree Morphology, Anatomy and Histology. Tree Pathology: Cell wall polymers and infection. The effect of fungal bacterial and viral pathogens on important plantation and forest trees. Insect or other infestations of important plantation and forest trees. Forest Ecology and Management, Tree Surgery, Propagation and Conservation: General forest ecological processes. Silvicultural systems and management. Tree pruning and surgery. Tree propagation for forestry and aboriculture. Forest and woodland conservation.