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Plant Resins: Chemistry, Evolution, Ecology and Ethnobotany

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By: Jean H Langenheim

612 pages, Col and b/w photos, line illus, tabs, maps

Timber Press

Hardback | May 2003 | #142641 | ISBN: 0881925748
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Few people are aware of the great diversity of resin-producing plants or the remarkable roles resins play for plants and people. Plant Resins tells the whole story about these fascinating plant products.

An essential for all those who appreciate and value the world of plants. -- John E. Bryan Gardening Newsletter 20030611 Has something impressive for everyone who ventures into its pages. -- Dan Harder University of California at Santa Cruz Arboretum Bulletin 20030626 I never expected to be so captivated by the singular subject... This outstanding work is comprehensive and detailed yet there is something for everyone to appreciate. -- Dan Harder University of California at Santa Cruz Arboretum Bulletin 20030721 The first book since 1949 to tackle the complex subject of plant resins, Professor Langenheim hits everything -- chemistry, evolution, ecology and ethnobotany. Californian.com 20030809 While detailed enough for specialists, lucid and fascinating for others. SciTech Book News 20030912 It is a pleasure to explore the plant world contained in Jean Langenheim's masterpiece, Plant Resins. -- Dorothea Bedigian Plant Science Bulletin 20030930 The whole book makes fascinating reading for both the professional scientist and educated layperson; once I started reading it it was hard to put it down. -- Ghillean T. Prance Taxon 20030814 What is most impressive is how the author organizes chapters permitting topcis to overlap in such an illuminating manner ... this book gives the reader the perfect reply to the sneering question, 'Well, what is it good for?' There's only one reply. Resins are still good for what they've been good for, for thousands of years. -- Peter Bernhardt Plant Talk 20030729 This is a very fine book, the first in over 50 years to cover the subject so well, covering all aspects of resins with detail and authority. -- Martin Crawford Agroforestry News 20031031 The whole book makes fascinating reading for both the scientist and educated layperson; once I started reading it it was hard to put down. Taxon 20030824 Dr. Langenheim's prowess as a scholar has allowed her to bring together an impressive array of the past and current explorations about plant resins into one book...certain to become the most widely read and cited book about plant resins for many years to come. -- Campbell Plowden Journal of Ethnobiology 20040602 Dr. Langenheim's prowess as a scholar has allowed her to bring together an impressive array of the past and current explorations about plant resins into one book...Plant Resins will become the standard reference for this subject. -- Campbell Plowden Journal of Ethnobiology 20040326 A remarkable book on a unique subject. American Herb Association Quarterly Newsletter 20040623 This interesting and informative book is very easy to read and follow ... I highly recommend it to anybody with a casual or research interest in plants, plant resins, or natural products. -- Marcello Pennacchio Chicago Botanic Garden 20040623 A one-volume library of resin natural history and ethnobotany. It will be welcomed by students, researchers, and interested amateurs in biology, forestry, archaeology and phytochemistry. I recommend it enthusiastically. -- Scott Zona Systematic Botany 20040201 Is is gratifying to see a lifetime of work with a wide cast of collaborators...it is the most comprehensive review yet written on all aspects of palnt resins, from chemistry and biology to ethnobotany and commerce. Madrono 20040801 This book is certainly a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in the cultural history of plants and another example of the high quality ethnobotanical books published by Timber Press. -- Michael Heinrich Journal of Ethnopharmacology 20041021 An excellent complement to the conservation, art technology, and cultural history literature and one that can offer great enrichment and enjoyment. So, a must-have browser! -- Ruth E. Norton Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 20050412 An authoritative and definitive work of interest and utility to readers working in botany, biology, chemistry, ecology, anthropology, or history. -- Charlotte Tancin Huntia 20050629 Langenheim, a respected resin authority, has done a commendable task. Few books have been published on this topic, so her book will be the benchmark for resins. -- R. P. Poincelot Choice 20031001 Don't sit down to read this fascinating book, unless you have time to do it justice. -- John Beckner Selbyana 20040101


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Biography

Jean H. Langenheim is Professor Emeritus of Biology and Research Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz. She has researched resins for many years, publishing extensively with her students about resin-producing plants along the North American Pacific coast, throughout the New World tropics, and in other parts of the world. Her unusual breadth of background has been recognized by her election as president of the Ecological Society of America, Association for Tropical Biology, International Society of Chemical Ecology, and Society for Economic Botany.

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