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How Trees Die: The Past, Present, and Future of Our Forests

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"Horticultural scientist Gillman (The Truth About Organic Gardening) examines the astounding longevity of trees. Beginning with a provocative opener comparing the fate of cows raised for meat to the life-span of trees cut down to make paper for books, Gillman delineates the incursions made by expanding development, commercial tree farms, air pollution and pests (encouraging sophisticated methods for controlling pests, like 'a careful analysis of their sex life,' to impede reproduction). Analyzing the life cycle of trees-their greatest vulnerability as juveniles, their hardy reproductive phase, the deceleration of growth as the distance from root to treetop increases-Gillman also highlights some amazing specimens, including the oldest tree alive today, a 9,500 year-old Norwegian oak. Gillman takes an interesting survey of trees grown from seeds and those grown commercially from shoots, grafts, cuttings, etc.; he also looks at 'meristems,' which play the same role in plants as stem cells do in animals (plants that are cloned, like the sheep Dolly, appear to die from premature aging). Written for the lay reader, this interesting scientific tour should capture the imagination of casual naturalists." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594160813
Author:
Gillman, Jeff
Publisher:
Westholme Publishing
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Horticulture
Subject:
Trees & Forests - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Forest Ecology
Subject:
Trees
Subject:
Forests and forestry
Subject:
Plants - Trees
Subject:
Nature Studies-Trees
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.9 in

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Product details 256 pages Westholme Publishing - English 9781594160813 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Horticultural scientist Gillman (The Truth About Organic Gardening) examines the astounding longevity of trees. Beginning with a provocative opener comparing the fate of cows raised for meat to the life-span of trees cut down to make paper for books, Gillman delineates the incursions made by expanding development, commercial tree farms, air pollution and pests (encouraging sophisticated methods for controlling pests, like 'a careful analysis of their sex life,' to impede reproduction). Analyzing the life cycle of trees-their greatest vulnerability as juveniles, their hardy reproductive phase, the deceleration of growth as the distance from root to treetop increases-Gillman also highlights some amazing specimens, including the oldest tree alive today, a 9,500 year-old Norwegian oak. Gillman takes an interesting survey of trees grown from seeds and those grown commercially from shoots, grafts, cuttings, etc.; he also looks at 'meristems,' which play the same role in plants as stem cells do in animals (plants that are cloned, like the sheep Dolly, appear to die from premature aging). Written for the lay reader, this interesting scientific tour should capture the imagination of casual naturalists." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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