Global problem or treasure? This question has accompanied the widespread and controversial mesquite tree wherever it grows and is studied around the world. In this comprehensive reference to the genus Prosopis, rangeland scientist Rodney Bovey has gathered and synthesised years of research in a book that reflects our current state of knowledge about the biology, morphology, and management of mesquite.
Environmentally adaptive, the mesquite is considered by many to be an invasive or a pest species, and Bovey addresses the concerns about mesquite encroachment worldwide. But he also explains its ecological importance in the prevention of erosion and desertification and in providing food and habitat for wildlife.
In addition, Bovey traces the uses of mesquite by humans and discusses the economics of growing and harvesting mesquite. A handy guide to the names, locations, distributions, habitat, structure, and uses of several species of mesquite is included in this benchmark publication for ecologists, range managers, biologists, landowners, and students of agriculture and ecosystem science.
Rodney W. Bovey retired aft er thirty years with the Agricultural Research Service at the US Department of Agriculture and is now an adjunct professor of ecosystem science and management at Texas A&M.
" [...] develops a base knowledge about mesquite that will become a very important resource for land managers and scientists [...]"
– Thomas D. Whitson, emeritus professor of weed science, University of Wyoming, retired
"A comprehensive overview of mesquite [...] It summarizes the life history, ecology, morphology, physiology, management and economics of mesquite (Prosopis) in a single, inclusive reference [...] a remarkable compilation of material based on the significant life work, experience, and wisdom accrued by the author throughout a noteworthy and productive career [...] a significant scholarly contribution to our knowledge and understanding of mesquite [...] "
– Robert Kinucan