Applications of Physiological Ecology to Forest Management

Edited by

  • Jacques Roy, Centre d'Ecologie Fantionnelle et Evolutive, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Montpellier, France


  • J. Landsberg, (retired) 'Withycombe', Church Lane, Mt Wilson, NSW 2786, Australia
  • S. Gower, Department of Forestry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S.A.

Forest management is a complex process that now incorporates information obtained from many sources. It is increasingly obvious that the physiological status of the trees in a forest has a dramatic impact on the likely success of any particular management strategy. Indeed, models described in this book that deal with forest productivity and sustainability require physiological information. This information can only be obtained from an understanding of the basic biological mechanisms and processes that contribute to individual tree growth.This valuable book illustrates that physiological ecology is a fundamental element of proficient forest management.
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Book information

  • Published: December 1996
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-435955-0


"Likely to appeal to all those who wish to have some insight into the true place of trees within a more global context. Deserves a place on the shelves of all biological departments' libraries (and then on the desks of undergraduates writing almost any essay on trees, forestry, ecophysiology....)."

"The authors provide a wide range of topics describing the basic physiological status of the trees which has an impact not only on any proficient forest management but also on forests as areas of recreation, preservation of biodiversity or water production. The book represents an excellent source of information for the rising number of scientists who want to start basic physiological studies in forests."

Table of Contents

Introduction: Forests in the Modern World. Forest Biomes of the World. Canopy Architecture and Microclimate. Forest Hydrology and Tree-Water Relations. The Carbon Balance of Forests. Soil Organic Matter and Decomposition. Nutrient Distribution and Cycling. Changes in Ecosystem Structure and Function During Stand Development. Ecosystem Process Models. Applications of Modern Technology and Ecophysiology to Forest Management.