|About the Book|
In Tall Green and Well Connected, author Joan Burton-Jones argues that to appreciate and value trees properly we must view them not just as species but as central players in the web of life we call the ecosystem. Drawing on information from worldMoreIn Tall Green and Well Connected, author Joan Burton-Jones argues that to appreciate and value trees properly we must view them not just as species but as central players in the web of life we call the ecosystem. Drawing on information from world leading experts, she provides a comprehensive and highly readable account of the role of trees and their links and interdependencies with other life forms and the physical environment. Readers who enjoy exploring the natural world should find plenty to interest, surprise and entertain them on a wide range of topics, from how trees communicate above and below ground, to different forms of mimicry, the effects of ‘alien invasions,’ the roles of keystone species and ecological niches, the effects of deforestation and global warming, measuring ecosystem services, including clean air and water - and much more.Extensively documented, with over 200 colour plates and over 1000 references to videos, books, journals and online articles Tall Green and Well Connected provides a valuable and up to date reference source for students and others interested in trees, forestry , ecology and conservationThe book is organized in three parts:Part I charts the evolution of trees and companion life forms from the earliest known tree species to the present, including their biology, how they cooperate and compete with other species and how they influence and are influenced by the environment.Part II ‘widens the circle’, providing vivid examples of ecological relationships, involving numerous different tree species with plants, animals and the physical environment in major biomes around the world, from the tropics to the sub-Arctic and from wetlands to deserts.Part III focuses on man’s relationship with trees, from farming and forestry to art, medicine and culture, including tools, writing, music and currency, and discusses how we can improve the way we use trees and value the services they provide for the benefit of future generations and the planet.