Part 1. Growth Dynamics and Canopy Structure: Genetic background; Cell to leaf level; Branch to crown level; Whole tree to stand level. Part 2. Nutritional Dynamics and Requirements of Short Rotation Forests: Mineral nutrient requirements of SRF crops Nutrient dynamics in SRF plantations; Management implications; Environmental considerations. Part 3. Water Relations: Cell water relations; Drought tolerance; Dehydration postponement adaptations; Dehydration tolerance adaptations. Part 4. The Structure and Dynamics of Woody Plant Root Systems: Root morphology; The fate of carbon translocated to roots; Root biomass; Fine root dynamics. Part 5. Clonal Testing and Selection for Field Plantations: North Central US tests; Pacific Northwest tests; Eastern Ontario tests; Regional comparisons. Part 6. Coppicing Ability and Sustainability: Methods to induce resprouting in wood species; Biological factors influencing resprouting; Cultural and environmental factors influencing resprouting; Production of coppice systems. Part 7. Pests, Diseases and Injuries in Intensive Short Rotation Forestry: Avoidance and tolerance; Physiological status; Frost; Drought. Part 8. Sustaining Production - Nutrient Dynamics and Soils: Fertility management - nutrient inputs and losses; Nutrition management - fertilizer usage; Diagnozing nutrient status; Effects of short rotation forest management on soil productivity. Part 9. Ecophysiological Growth Process Models of Short Rotation Forest Crops: Models of short rotation forests; Selected models; Summary of applications and limitations; Future needs and directions. Part 10. Feedstock Characteristic and Quality: Physical traits; Chemical traits. Part 11. The Role of Genetic Improvement in Short Rotation Forestry: High returns for genetic improvement in SRF; The power of the clonal approach; Breeding; Molecular biology and short rotation forest crops.