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Life Sciences - Forestry | Managing the Future of Southeast Asia's Valuable Tropical Rainforests - A Practitioner's Guide

Managing the Future of Southeast Asia's Valuable Tropical Rainforests

A Practitioner's Guide to Forest Genetics

Wickneswari, Ratnam, Cannon, Chuck (Eds.)

2011, XVI, 108 p.

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  • First review of Southeast Asian forest genetics and evolutionary biology
  • Will bridge the knowledge gap between academic publications and forest practitioners
  • Excellent reference book for evaluators of Forest Stewardship Council certification
  • Overview of conservation and management issues in tropical forestry

This book provides current knowledge about tropical rain forest genetics and its implications for the profitable and sustainable management of forest resources in Southeast Asia. Each chapter covers a major topic in the evolutionary biology of tropical rain forest trees and how management systems interact with these natural dynamics. Authors  provide an up-to-date and insightful review of important scientific findings and conclude with practical recommendations for the modern forester in Southeast Asia. Several chapters provide compelling discussions about commonly neglected aspects of tropical forestry, including the impact of historical dynamics of climate change, anthropogenic threats to genetic viability, and the important role of wildlife in maintaining genetic diversity. These discussions will promote a deeper appreciation of not only the economic value of forests, but also their mystery and intangible values. The silvicultural industry in Southeast Asia is a major contributor to the regional economy but the connection between scientific research and the application and development of policy could be improved upon. This book will help bridge that gap.

This book will prove beneficial reading for forestry students, professional forest managers, and policy makers, who do not have technical training in genetics. It is also intended for non-specialists who are involved in the tropical timber industry, from the local forest manager to the international timber purchasing agent.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Conservation Genetics - Ecosystem Health - Sustainable Management - Threats to Forest Genetic Resources

Related subjects » Forestry - Plant Sciences

Table of contents 

Preface

1. Forest Management Systems in Southeast Asia
Shaharuddin Mohamad Ismail  

2. A Biogeographic History of Southeast Asian Forests
K.M. Wong

3. Gene Flow, Mating Systems and Inbreeding Depression in Natural Populations of Tropical Trees
Yoshihiko Tsumura

4. Threats to Genetic Viability of Southeast Asian Forest Species
Wickneswari Ratnam

5. The Importance of Animals in the Forest
Richard Corlett

6. Synthesis and Options for Sustainable Management
Shaharuddin Mohamed Ismail and Wickneswari Ratnam

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