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Challenges and Opportunities for the World's Forests in the 21st Century

  • This book tackles the enormously important and complex issues facing the world’s forests today, posed by climate change, conservation objectives, sustainable development needs, and the growing demand for affordable energy, along with analyses of the difficulties and opportunities that these present
  • Contains contributions from numerous internationally recognised experts in these fields
  • These articles are explicitly intended to be accessible to a wide range of users from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, who may need to gain a rapid understanding of the key issues and opportunities facing the world’s forests over the coming century, as well as for the rich contribution that forests themselves can make for dealing with these issues

Series: Forestry Sciences

By: Trevor Fenning(Editor), Yvo de Boer(Foreword By)

600 pages, 100 colour & 22 b/w illustrations


Hardback | Nov 2013 | #209444 | ISBN-13: 9789400770751
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Challenges and Opportunities for the World's Forests in the 21st Century addresses the challenges and opportunities faced by the world's forests posed by climate change, conservation objectives, and sustainable development needs including bioenergy, outlining the research and other efforts that are needed to understand these issues, along with the options and difficulties for dealing with them. It contains sections on sustainable forestry & conservation; forest resources worldwide; forests, forestry and climate change; the economics of forestry; tree breeding & commercial forestry; biotechnological approaches; genomic studies with forest trees; bio-energy, lignin & wood; and forest science, including ecological studies. The chapters are contributed by prominent organisations or individuals with an established record of achievement in these areas, and present their ideas on these topics with the aim of providing a ready source of information and guidance on these topics for politicians, policy makers and scientists for many years to come.


Foreword; Yvo de Boer

1. Introduction; Trevor Fenning

PART 1. Sustainable Forestry & Conservation Objectives
2. A burning issue: Tropical Forests and the Health of Global Ecosystems; Paul McMahon
3. Silviculture of planted forests managed for multi-functional objectives: lessons from Chinese and British experiences; Bill Mason & Jiaojun Zhu
4. Forests for all? Considering the conservation implications of human-species interactions in the context of multifunctional forestry; Mariella Marzano, Christopher P. Quine & Norman Dandy
5. Human engagement with forest environments - implications for physical and mental health and wellbeing; Simon Bell & Catharine Ward Thompson
6. Sustainable forest management in China: Achievements in the past and challenges ahead; Li Nuyun
7. The Value of Forest: An Ecological Economic Examination of Forest People's Perspective; Debal Deb

PART 2. Forest Resources Worldwide
8. Global trends and outlook for forest resources; Adrian Whiteman
9. Save the forests : Use more wood; Wink Sutton

PART 3. Forests, Forestry and Climate Change
10. Forests in the global carbon cycle; David Schimel
11. Forests, Forestry and Climate Change; John Grace, James Morison & Mike Perks
12. The Influence of Climate Change on Insect Invasions in Temperate Forest Ecosystems; Patrick C. Tobin, Dylan Parry & Brian H. Aukema

PART 4. The Economics of Forestry
13. How cost-effective is forestry for climate change mitigation?; Gregory Valatin & Colin Price
14. Additionality of climate change mitigation activities; Gregory Valatin
15. Different Economic Approaches to Forest Management; David B. South

PART 5. Tree Breeding & Commercial Forestry
16. A Roadmap to Eucalyptus Breeding for Clonal Forestry; Gabriel Dehon S.P. Rezende, Marcos Deon V. de Resende & Teotonio F. de Assis
17. Conifer Somatic Embryogenesis and Multi-varietal Forestry; Yill-Sung Park
18. Modern Advances in Tree Breeding; Yousry A. El-Kassaby, Fikret Isik & Ross W. Whetten
19. A 'reality check' in the management of tree breeding programmes; Heidi S. Dungey, Alvin D. Yanchuk & Richard D. Burdon
20. Seed orchards and aspects on supporting tree breeding; Dag Lindgren

PART 6. Biotechnological approaches
21. Biosafety considerations in the context of deployment of GM trees; Hely Haggman, Suvi Sutela, Christian Walter & Matthias Fladung
22. Scientific research related to genetically modified trees; Armand Seguin, Denis Lachance, Annabelle Dejardin, Jean-Charles Leple & Gilles Pilate
23. Forest Biotechnology Futures; Kevan M.A. Gartland & Jill S. Gartland
24. Research and Application of Transgenic Poplar in China; Jianjun Hu, Lijuan Wang, Donghui Yan & Meng-Zhu Lu

PART 7. Genomic studies with forest trees
25. Genome resequencing in Populus: Revealing large-scale genome variation and implications on specialized-trait genomics; Wellington Muchero, Jessy Labbe, Priya Ranjan, Stephen DiFazio & Gerald A. Tuskan
26. Comparative and evolutionary genomics of forest trees; Andrew Groover & Stefan Jansson

PART 8. Bio-energy, lignin and wood
27. Willows as a source of renewable fuels and diverse products; Angela Karp
28. Woodfuel production in the UK - unlocking the existing resource and growing for the future; Ian Tubby
29. Bioenergy opportunities from forests in New Zealand; Peter Hall & Michael Jack
30. Creating the wood supply of the future; Barry Gardiner & John Moore

PART 9. Forest Science, including ecological studies
31. Community genetics applications for forest biodiversity and policy: Planning for the future; Adam S. Wymore, Helen M. Bothwell, Zacchaeus G. Compson, Louis J. Lamit, Faith M. Walker, Scott A. Woolbright & Thomas G. Whitham
32. The long reach of biogenic emissions in the atmosphere; Sanford Sillman
33. Ecological interactions of the host-insect system Quercus robur and Tortrix viridana; Hilke Schroeder & Riziero Tiberi
34. Forests have survived climate changes and epidemics in the past. Will they continue to adapt and survive? At what cost? Stephanos Diamandis
35. Horse chestnut bleeding canker - a 21st Century tree pathogen; S. Green, B. E. Laue, R. Nowell, & H. Steele
36. The use of small footprint airborne LiDAR for the estimation of individual tree parameters in Sitka spruce stands; Juan C. Suarez

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