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Tree Improvement and Biotechnology

P. Shanmughavel (Author)

Forests are huge, natural, renewable resources of several useful products. They normally occupy a vast area, which simply can not be protected efficiently. Therefore, they are virtually regarded as open treasures of nature. The wise management of forests using biotechnological approaches is essential for the growth and prosperity of developing countries. Recent advances in biotechnology in forestry and tree improvement research and applications have enabled improvement of forest trees and its physiological functioning with varying success. This book, Tree Improvement and Biotechnology, is a unique, comprehensive one and provides up-to-date information relating to recent areas of research in forestry and tree improvement. This book contains 25 chapters covering various aspects of application of biotechnology in forest management, propagation techniques in woody plants, domestication of trees and agroforestry systems, arbuscular mycorrhiza, biomass of tropical forests and plantations, phylogenetic relationships, nutrient cycling, seed technology, agroforestry, etc. These chapters will provide useful information and encouragement to forestry researchers, biotechnologists, forest policy makers, planners and forestry field workers.

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About the author

P. Shanmughavel

Dr. P. Shanmughavel has a brilliant academic career in Botany, with specialization in Plantation Forestry and a Ph.D. degree in Botany (Plantation-Bamboo) from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. He has submitted a dissertation for Doctor of Science (D. Sc.). He has specialized in Plantation Bamboo work and contributed more than 120 research papers and popular articles and has also written four books on bamboo. In appreciation of his research work, the Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, Government of Tamil Nadu, honoured him with the prestigious Tamil Nadu Scientist Award (TANSA) in 2002. His book in a regional language was awarded the Best book of the Year 2002 in the field of Agriculture by the Government of Tamil Nadu. He has visited several Asian and African countries. He is a Principal Investigator of several research works in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, China. Presently, he is a Lecturer with the Unit of Bioinformatics, Department of Botany, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Tree Improvement and Biotechnology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Pointer Publishers
Language: English
isbn 8171323731
length xv+256p., Tables; Figures.