This is the first truly modern book solely devoted to seed reproduction of forest trees-from flowering to establishment, with emphasis on the interaction of environment with physiological processes.
Focus is on seed function in natural settings and the application of information to natural regeneration of forests. This easy-to-read text addresses important principles and provides in-depth coverage of existing literature.
Presentation of the information is organized to allow for a natural development of the main theme with full explanations of such important components as seed production, dispersal and germination, as well as the integral parts played by water, temperature, light, chemicals, animals, pathogens and aging.
A highly useful book for investigators, practitioners or students.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Components of Seed Production
Chapter 3: Dispersal
Chapter 4: How Seed Germinate
Chapter 5: How to Evaluate Germination
Chapter 6: Seed Dormancy
Chapter 7: Seed Banking Trees
Chapter 8: Germination Genetics
Chapter 9: Germination and Establishment: Temperature, Water and Light
Chapter 10: Germination and Establishment: Chemical Ecology
Chapter 11: Germination and Establishment: Animals, Pathogens and Aging
Chapter 12: Germination and Establishment: North American Microsites
"...a book on this subject has been long overdue and will provide an invaluable tool to instructors, foresters, and researchers alike."
Ron Smith, Natural Resources Canada