Trees

Trees

Roland Ennos

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to trees and their structure, answering questions from the apparently obvious to the obscure but fascinating. Illustrated with over 120 stunning colour images from around the world Trees explores the evolution of the first trees to the enormous diversity of tree life today.

ISBN:
978 0 565 09160 6
Format:
Paperback
Price:
£9.95
Published:
November 2001
Size:
235 x 210mm
Extent:
112 pp
Illustrations:
Colour throughout
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

Details

Trees, the largest of all living things, are vital components of the landscape and have been exploited by humans since the beginnings of our history. They cover huge areas of the globe, from the rainforests of the central tropics to the conifer forests of the subarctic, and from high up mountains right down to the seashore.

Roland Ennos sheds new light on trees by asking simple questions about them. How did trees evolve? How do they stand up? Why are there so many different types? How and why do we exploit them? All these questions, and more, are answered in this richly illustrated book, which provides a fascinating insight into the biology of these magnificent plants.

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Author

Roland Ennos is a lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Manchester. He has carried out research in the science of biomechanics, combining his interests in natural history and structural engineering. 

His research has taken him to forests around the world, which has provided the inspiration for his textbook Plant Life, and for this, his first popular science book.

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"It is marvellously and informatively illustrated throughout. Practically every page has at least one colour photograph, diagram or map which themselves tell the story that is elaborated in the text."

Woodland Heritage Journal

"The human preferred habitat from our prehistoric past is woodland; we all have a place for trees in our lives and as Roland Ennos points out, scientists like them because they are easy to study - because they don't run away! Written as a popular science book and richly illustrated, Trees aims to help the reader understand the rich and diverse world of the largest organism that ever lived. At first sight the book appears to be a general text but close examination reveals a great deal of detail from the author about trees and their lives, which is written in a rich and non-technical way."

Journal of Biological Education (2002) 36 (4)

"Most of us have a love of trees that has been kindled since childhood, from the simple delight of decorating trees for festivals, to marvelling at the size of giant redwoods or the resilience of cacti, to complimenting or coveting a neighbour's magnolia, and which lasts until we ultimately become a nitrogen source for these successful organisms. Ennos has produced a most readable account of how trees have evolved a complex variety of physiologies that have led to their dominance, through succession, in a wide range of ecosystems. Written as a popular science book, it provides excellent explanations of transpiration, secondary thickening and the evolution of angiosperms, for example. The text is supported by lavish illustrations such as the roots of a kapong tree fingering their way through archaeological remains in an Indonesian rainforest. Trees is a clear account that links the anatomy of trees with the niches they have filled for 300 million years across terra firma - and beyond."

Biologist

"This accessible new paperback is part of the Natural History Museum's Life Series and takes a fresh look at trees through the eyes of an interested amateur. It poses a variety of simple but thought-provoking questions, shedding light on issues that are all too easily taken for granted. An educational read without being too dry, and enhanced with good illustrations, its 112 pages make for an engrossing read. The succinct but comprehensive glossary means that those with scant knowledge need not be daunted! This book is an accessible introduction to one of the wonders of the natural world - an intelligent, inspiring read for all nature enthusiasts. "

New Scientist

"Roland Ennos sets out to explain why they win the race for survival. By asking deceptively simple questions and by incorporating the results of the latest research, he describes how trees evolved, how they feed, and how they adapt in their own lifetime to their surroundings. His book reveals many fascinating aspects of trees and how they influence their environment...Roland Ennos's research in the science of biomechanics enables him to combine his interest in natural history and structural engineering.The book closes by analysing the relationship between trees and people, and examining why wood is such a useful material drawing together the issues of sustainability of forests and the ecological and environmental ramifications of the current methods of harvesting them. Trees is aimed at the enquiring adult, but its open and colourfully illustrated format also makes it accessible to younger enthusiasts. "

Timber Grower

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