Tropical Trees as Living Systems
Filenote | IA OL4541778M, TOC built, PaginatedForeword by Professor Lawrence BogoradThe proceedings of the Fourth Cabot Symposium held at HarvardForest, Petersham Massachusetts on April 26-30, 1976When this book was first published in 1978, tropical forestswere unquestionably the largest scientifically unexplored region ofthe world, and being rapidly depleted by short-term exploitation.Species were being rendered extinct at a rate that is probablygreater than the rate at which they are being discovered. This bookis an assessment of scientific knowledge of tropical tree biology -construction, development, physiology, reproductive biology andevolution - set against a background of community ecology andforest structure. Its emphasis is on the study of the individualtree as a living system integrated into the larger forestcommunity. The book publishes the results of the Fourth CabotSymposium held at the Harvard Forest in 1976 and presents thespecial knowledge of the participants, each an expert in a specialfield. Much of the subject matter is presented in the form ofreviews, making information easily accessible to an interestednonspecialist audience.