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La Flora Mediterranea: Tutti Gli Alberi e Tutti Gli Arbusti del Litorale e della Fascia Collinare [The Mediterranean Flora: All the Trees and Shrubs of the Coasts and Hills]

Field / Identification Guide

By: Gian Lupo Osti (Author)

194 pages, plates with colour photos; b/w line drawings

Gruppo Ugo Mursia Editore

Paperback | Jan 2016 | #231578 | ISBN-13: 9788842557142
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About this book

Language: Italian

This field guide is for enthusiasts and travelers to help them recognize and know shrubs and trees of the Mediterranean: their distinctive characteristics (behavior, foliage, leaves, flowers and fruits), historical and mythological information, and advice to cultivate and propagate them. Accompanied by drawings and a colour photo insert, this volume is completed by a comparative alphabetical list with common and matching scientific names.

Summary in Italian:
Per appassionati e viaggiatori un vero e proprio manuale per riconoscere e conoscere arbusti e alberi della macchia mediterranea spontanea: i loro caratteri distintivi (portamento, chioma, foglie, fiori e frutti), le informazioni storico-mitologiche, e i consigli per coltivarli e farli riprodurre. Corredato da disegni e da un inserto fotografico a colori, il volume è completato da un elenco alfabetico comparativo con i nomi comuni e i corrispondenti scientifici.

"Anyone who has to deal with soils and their classification, especially if they are involved in trans-national work, should have access to this book. Its primary function will be as a look-up table. However, users are urged strongly to read the extra chapters that explain how classification works."
– P. Loveland, European Journal of Soil Science

"This is the most comprehensive and complete review of the state of the art of world-wide soil classification systems [...] A real desk reference book for soil scientists, especially pedologists."
– Prof. Winfried E.H. Blum, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria

"Do you know what Spodosol or Rendzina are? This is an invaluable review of soil classification systems and terminology as used in a number of countries. It also reviews efforts for a correlative World Reference Base of Soil Resources (WRB) in addition to the more detailed USDA-sponsored Soil Taxonomy (ST)."
– Prof. (emer.) Dan H. Yaalon, Hebrew University, Israel

"Soil classification systems are more varied than those of other natural objects such as rocks and plants. This book unravels the diversity and idiosyncracies of the world's multitudinous soil classifications, both scientific and cultural. It reveals overt and cryptic commonalities and structures within them, and points the way towards a more united future."
– Prof. Alex. McBratney, The University of Sydney, Australia

"The most comprehensive inventory of soil classification and correlation systems in the world, this book provides a full overview of the rich diversity of global soil resources and their naming and classification conventions; proving once again, that soil types are a strictly local reality deeply rooted in the cultural and historical context of their locations."
– Luca Montanarella, Land Management/ SOIL Action Unit, European Commission

"The classification of soils [...] is nightmare stuff [...] so much jargon [...] and such complexity'; so wrote an eminent environmental scientist recently. The editors of this book dispel the mystery with charm and understanding while retaining the technical detail. They provide the keys to our Tower of Babel by matching the soil names in local schemes of classification to the World Reference Base for Soil Resources. The book will prove valuable to all pedologists and especially to those who have to communicate across national borders."
– R. Webster, Rothamsted Research, UK

"[...] provided an excellent insight to our current understanding of soil classification problems and diverse theoretical and practical solutions for designing soil taxonomies"
Arid Land Research and Management, 2010


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