Jose and Gordon's Toward Agroforestry Design is an important reference for anyone interested in exploring or managing the physiological and ecological processes which underlie resource allocation and plant growth in agroforestry systems.
Drawing together a wide range of examples from around the world, the book highlights how recent developments in agroforestry research can contribute to understanding agroforestry system function, and discusses the potential application of agroforestry in addressing a range of land use challenges in both tropical and temperate regions of the world.
Including both original research and synthetic analyses, the book presents examples from a wide range of environments. It focuses largely on resource allocation - both above- and below-ground - including an assessment of the recent advances in analytical and modeling tools available to this work. Concluding with a synthesis of the key questions and research gaps highlighted throughout the text, the book will be particularly useful to students and researchers involved in natural resource management, agroforestry, and applied ecology.
From the reviews: "This book, and indeed, the series in which it appears, 'Advances in Agroforestry,' is intended 'to offer state-of-the-art' information on diverse topics related to agroforestry. Editors Jose (Univ. of Florida, Gainesville) and Gordon (Univ. of Guelph, Ontario), focus on plot design and ecological factors that might be considered when setting up areas in which these techniques are to be applied. ! The book forms a reference point for future research; it is a technical presentation. Summing Up: Recommended. Researchers/faculty and professionals." (D. H. Pfister, CHOICE, Vol. 46 (01), September, 2008)
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