International Poplar Commission
POPLARS AND WILLOWS: TREES FOR SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
edited by J.G. Isebrands and J. Richardson
A co-publication of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI)
Poplars and willows, the members of the Salicaceae family, are trees and shrubs with many valuable characteristics which have led to multiple beneficial uses for society and the environment. The accumulated global knowledge and information on poplars and willows could fill many volumes. The forthcoming book offers a worldwide overview and guide to the basic characteristics, cultivation and use of poplars and willows, as well as issues, problems and trends relating to them. It synthesizes the latest knowledge and technology in current research on poplars and willows, linking these to implementation achievements to meet sustainable livelihoods, land-use and development. It greatly expands the scope of previous publications, to include more information on willows, thorough and up-to-date treatment of taxonomic and classification issues, more global reporting, and evaluation of applications to provide industrial, environmental, social and economic development benefits. Looking to the future, the book is offered in the belief that poplars and willows, as trees for society and for the environment, can help us move forward sustainably and on a sound scientific basis.
The book has more than 600 pages and is fully illustrated in black and white, with 3 sections of colour plates. The 13 chapters were prepared by nearly 70 contributing authors from 15 countries worldwide. An outstanding feature of the book is its nearly 2500 references.
The primary audience for the publication is seen as decision-makers and policy-makers in agriculture, forestry and the environment in both public and private sectors in countries throughout the world, particularly where poplars and willows are or could be grown. It also provides a starting point for foresters, ecologists, botanists, agriculturists and environmental engineers in any search for information on poplars and willows.
About the Editors
Jud Isebrands is an environmental and forestry consultant, based in Wisconsin, USA.
Jim Richardson is a bioenergy and forestry consultant, based in Ottawa, Canada.
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