The Atlas of Woody Plant Stems gives a unique assemblage of microscopic slides of wood anatomy and of the respective species in nature and demonstrates the reaction of stem anatomy to environments in which plants form woody stems. Atlas of Woody Plant Stems provides insight into the evolution of wood, to the variation of wood anatomy in response to climate and disturbances, and it gives an introduction to the methodology used to study wood. Special attention has been given to the unique feature of secondary growth.
In colour throughout and with more than 700 both beautiful and instructive illustrations, the wide-ranging scientific content of Atlas of Woody Plant Stems makes it both attractive and unique.
- The Evolution of Plant Stems in the Earth's History
- The Structure of the Cormus
- Secondary Growth: Advantages and Risks
- Modification of the Stem Structure
- Modification of the Xylem Within a Plant
- Modification of Organs
- Wood Structural Variability
- Modifications Caused by Weather and Climate
- Modifications Caused by Extreme Growth Factors
- Decay of Dead Wood
- Microscopical Preparation
"A cake may have a cherry on its top, but this atlas brings to our table many 'cherries' of wood science. [...] Overall, it is a great pleasure to spend time with this atlas. The vegetation scientist will find keys to interpret field observations. [...] The high level of all figures, along with the reasonable price of the book, makes it a perfect source for teaching material. [...] This atlas shows how much fun there is in science, in field work, and in wood."
– Simcha Lev-Yadun and Paolo Cherubini, Journal of Vegetation Science, Vol. 19, 2008