Encyclopedia of forest sciences /

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Edition:1st ed.
Imprint:Oxford : Elsevier, 2004.
Description:4 v. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
Subject:Forests and forestry -- Encyclopedias.
Forestry -- Encyclopedias.
Forests and forestry.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/6665066
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Other authors / contributors:Burley, J. (Jeffery)
Youngquist, John.
Evans, Julian, 1946-
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Timely and unique, this contribution to the literature of forest sciences is the first encyclopedia to provide global coverage of forestry-related subjects that affect politics, the environment, economics, and science. Its 250 entries, arranged alphabetically, vary in length from brief summaries to the majority, which are detailed research-level articles of 5 to 50 pages, written by over 200 international experts. Suggestions for further reading and cross-references to related topics follow every entry. Numerous color photographs, detailed charts, and tables are integrated into the text. Most chapters are subdivided into narrower subjects, some of which are further subdivided, each prepared by separate contributors (e.g., "Health and Protection" includes "Diagnosis, Biochemical and Physical Aspects," "Integrated Pest Management: Principles," "Integrated Pest Management: Practices," "Forest Fires"). The coverage is extraordinarily extensive, with topics ranging from silviculture, forest genetics, wood products, and laws and legislation to deforestation, logging, environmental policy, wildlands, range management, agroforestry, and biodiversity. The set includes a glossary and a detailed index, which has entries for general concepts, genus-species, and geographic terms. One article on sustainable forest management is said to be "adapted" from Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, ed. by S.A. Levin (CH, Apr'01), but is copied virtually word for word. The only other flaw lies in the table of contents, which indicates, besides actual entries, "dummy" references (cross-references to other chapters); among the entries these dummies are given an entire page each, even when they consist of only one or two lines. The editors hope to keep the information updated with online access. Despite its high price, an outstanding work. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels of general and academic libraries. N. Kobzina University of California, Berkeley

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