Applied Tree Biology
1. Edition January 2018
432 Pages, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd
Many arborists learn tree work practices without fully understanding the biological and physiological principles behind them. However, outcomes for the health and longevity of trees are greatly improved when an arborist understands the science behind the care of tree root systems and crowns. In Applied Tree Biology, Drs. Hirons and Thomas draw upon their decades of experience in the laboratory, classroom, and the field - as well as the expertise of distinguished contributors to this volume - to provide those responsible for tree care with the scientific information that informs best practices for planting, pruning, soil decompaction, irrigation, and much more.
* Takes a multidisciplinary approach, integrating knowledge from plant biology, physiology, arboriculture, ecology, and more
* Provides a systematic presentation of fundamental tree biology and the scientific principles informing high quality tree care
* Presents accessible scientific information and best practices that help promote the health and longevity of trees
* Reflects the authors' decades of experience as tree biology researchers and educators, as well as their years of professional experience across the globe
Applied Tree Biology is an indispensable source of practical, succinct information on tree biology, physiology, and ecology for professionals and interested amateurs involved with the care of trees. Arborists, foresters, and horticulturists at all stages of their careers will find this text particularly useful.
"This is an ambitious book that bridges the gap between basic plant biology and practical arboriculture. Books have attempted this before but not in such a comprehensive way. Arborists, in common with other professions, sometimes too easily accept and follow practices based on unquestioning assumption rather than evidence. This book will help ground modern arboriculture in sound science."- The Plantsman, June 2018
PETER A. THOMAS is a Reader in Plant Ecology at Keele University, UK. He has more than 30 years of experience in ecological aspects of trees and forests in the UK, Europe, North & Central America, Africa, Russia, Asia and Australasia.