Trees are one of the dominant features of our existence on earth and play a fundamental role in the environment. This book aims to give the reader an overview and understanding of trees. Subject areas covered include ecology and conservation, tree anatomy and evolution, pathology, silviculture, propagation and surgery. The different chapters cover trees from habitats around the world, from northern boreal and montane coniferous forests to tropical and subtropical rainforests.
The book is fully illustrated throughout with the highest quality colour photos. It will be useful to professionals and students in plant science, plant biology, ecology, conservation and to those working in forestry and arboriculture.
Section 1: Introduction to Woody Habit,
Section 2: World Distribution of Forests. Northern boreal and montane coniferous forests, Temperate rain and deciduous forests, Temperate mixed evergreen forests, Tropical and sub-tropical rain and dry forests,
Section 3: Tree Morphology, Anatomy and Histology,
Section 4: Tree Pathology. Cell wall polymers and infection, The effect of fungal bacterial and viral pathogens on important plantation and forest trees, Insect or other infestations of important plantation and forest trees, Section 5: Forest Ecology and Management, Tree Surgery, Propagation and Conservation. General forest ecological processes, Silvicultural systems and management, Tree pruning and surgery, Tree propagation for forestry and aboriculture, Forest and woodland conservation.
Well written, very readable, and accessible to the general reader, while summarising some serious scientific issues... lavishly illustrated... the quality of the photographs is very good... a book that will be very useful for students of economic botany in particular and as an introduction to forestry, arboriculture and conservation. -- J. R. Barnett Annals of Botany 20100701