Ecology and Biogeography of Pinus

Edited by David M. Richardson 
Cambridge University Press  2000  

Softcover  526 pp  ISBN 9780521789103      £57.00

Hardcover  526 pp  ISBN 9780521551762      £110.00
  • Unique - the only up-to-date treatment of the most important group of trees in the world
  • Thorough review of the literature - summarises the insights from more than 3000 publications
  • International perspective - brings together the knowledge of 40 experts from nine countries to give a balanced, global view

Pinus is a remarkable genus of trees with a very large distribution range in the northern hemisphere. Where they occur, pines usually form the dominant vegetation cover and are extremely important components of ecosystems. They also provide a wide range of products for human use. In many cases exploitation and other human pressures are threatening the survival of natural pine forests, although pines are now also widely grown in commercial plantations, both within and outside their natural range.

This book presents a definitive review of pine ecology and biogeography written by forty of the world€s leading authorities on this important genus. In the face of increasing human pressure and global climate change, it provides an essential source of reference for all those concerned with the management of natural and planted pine forests.


Part I. Introduction:

  • Ecology and biogeography of Pinus - an introduction D. Richardson and P. Rundel;

Part II. Evolution, Phylogeny and Systematics:

  • Phylogeny and sytematics of Pinus R. Price, A. Liston and S. Strauss;
  • Early evolution of pines C. Millar;

Part III. Historical Biogeography:

  • The late Quaternary history of pines in northern Asia C. Kremenetski, K. Liu and G. MacDonald;
  • The late Quaternary history of pines in Europe K. Willis, K. Bennet and J. Birks;
  • The late Quaternary history of pines in northern North America G. MacDonald, L. Cwynar and C. Whitlock;
  • The history of pines in Mexico and Central America J. Perry, A. Graham, and D. Richardson;

Part IV. Macroecology and Recent Biogeography:

  • Pines of the Mediterrranean Basin M. Barbéro, R. Loisel, P. Quézel, D. Richardson and F. Romane;
  • The recent history of pinyon pines in the American southwest R. Lanner and T. van Devender;
  • Macroecological limits to the abundance and distribution of Pinus G. Stevens and B. Enquist;

Part V. Ecological Themes:

  • Fire and pine ecosystems J. Agee;
  • Evolution and life histories of Pinus J. Keely and P. Zedler;
  • Genetic variation in Pinus F. Ledig;
  • Seed dispersal in Pinus R. Lanner;
  • Ecophysiology of Pinus P. Rundel and B. Yoder;
  • The mycorrhizal state of Pinus D. Read;
  • Effects of pines on soil properties and processes M. Scholes and T. Nowicki;
  • Insect-pine interactions P. de Groot and J. Turgeon;
  • Diseases and the ecology of indigenous and exotic pines T. Harrington and M. Wingfield;

Part VI. Pines and Humans:

  • Pines in cultivation: a global view D. Le Maitre;
  • Pinus radiata: a narrow endemic of North America takes on the world P. Lavery and D. Mead;
  • Pines as invaders in the southern hemisphere D. Richardson and S. Higgins;

Glossary of English common names for pines;
Taxonomic index;
Subject index.

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