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Conifer Cold Hardiness provides an up-to-date synthesis by leading scientists in the study of the major physiological and environmental factors regulating cold hardiness of conifer tree species. This state-of-the-art reference comprehensively explains current understanding of conifer cold hardiness ranging from the gene to the globe and from the highly applied to the very basic. Topics addressed encompass cold hardiness from the perspectives of ecology, ecophysiology, acclimation and deacclimation, seedling production and reforestation, the impacts of biotic and abiotic factors, and methods for studying and analyzing cold hardiness. The content is relevant to geneticists, ecologists, stress physiologists, environmental and global change scientists, pathologists, advanced nursery and silvicultural practitioners, and graduate students involved in plant biology, plant physiology, horticulture and forestry with an interest in cold hardiness.
List of contributors. Preface. Section I: Ecology and Ecophysiology. Frost Resistance and the Distribution of Conifers; P. Bannister, G. Neuner. Genecology and Gene Resource Management Strategies for Conifer Cold Hardiness; S.N. Aitken, M. Hannerz. Section II: Acclimation and Deacclimation. Cold Acclimation and Deacclimation of Shoots and Roots of Conifer Seedlings; F.J. Bigras, et al. Mechanisms of Frost Survival and Freeze-Damage in Nature; M.-L. Sutinen, et al. Xylem Cavitation and Freezing in Conifers; J.S. Perry, D.J. Robson. Metabolic Changes During Cold Acclimation and Subsequent Freezing and Thawing; G. Öquist, et al. Biochemical and Biophysical Changes in Relation to Cold Hardiness; J.J. Zwiazek, et al. Molecular Biology of Conifer Frost Tolerance and Potential Applications to Tree Breeding; D. Clapham, et al. Section III: Seedling Production and Reforestation. Influence of Nursery Cultural Practices on Cold Hardiness of Coniferous Forest Tree Seedlings; S.J. Colombo, et al. Frost-Related Problems in the Establishment of Coniferous Forests; M.J. Krasowski, D.G. Simpson. Section IV: Impacts of Biotic and Abiotic Factors. Interaction of Microorganisms, Insects, and Freezing Injury on Conifers; D.K. Manter, W.H. Livingstone. Impacts of Climate Change on Cold Hardiness of Conifers; H. Hänninen, et al. Impacts of Air Pollutants on Cold Hardiness; L. Sheppard, H. Pfanz. Section V: Methods and Analysis of Cold Hardiness. Methods for Measuring Cold Hardiness of Conifers; K.E. Burr, et al. The Analysis of Cold Hardiness Experiments; M. Bernier-Cardou, F.J. Bigras. Modelling Cold Hardiness Development and Loss in Conifers; D.H. Greer, et al.Section VI: Species Examples. Cold Hardiness of Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris L.); T. Repo, et al. Red Spruce (Picea rubens Sarg.) Cold Hardiness and Freezing Injury Susceptibility; D.H. DeHayes, et al. Cold Hardiness of Yellow-Cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis (D.Don) Spach); B.J. Hawkins, et al. Cold Hardiness of Radiata Pine (Pinus radiata D. Don); D.H. Greer, et al. Index of species. Index of subjects.