Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge

Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge

Ecology, Adaptive Management, and Restoration

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Edited by James Aronson, João Santos Pereira, and Juli G. Pausas

352 pages pages | 6 X 9 | One 16-page color insert, 2 photos, 41 illustrations, 18 tables
Cork oak has historically been an important species in the western Mediterranean?ecologically as a canopy or ?framework? tree in natural woodlands, and culturally as an economically valuable resource that underpins local economies. Both the natural woodlands and the derived cultural systems are experiencing rapid change, and whether or not they are resilient enough to adapt to that change is an open question.

 

Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge provides a synthesis of the most up-to-date, scientific, and practical information on the management of cork oak woodlands and the cultural systems that depend on cork oak.

 

In addition, Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge offers ten site profiles written by local experts that present an in-depth vision of cork oak woodlands across a range of biophysical, historical, and cultural contexts, with sixteen pages of full-color photos that illustrate the tree, agro-silvopastoral systems, products, resident biodiversity, and more.

 

Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge is an important book for anyone interested in the future of cork oak woodlands, or in the management of cultural landscapes and their associated land-use systems. In a changing world full of risks and surprises, it represents an excellent example of a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to studying, managing, and restoring an ecosystem, and will serve as a guide for other studies of this kind.

"This book brings together the best of the ecological and social sciences to assess the condition of an iconic ecosysytem of the western Mediterranean world, with results as useful and beautiful as the cork oak itself."

J.R. McNeill, Georgetown University, author of Something New Under the Sun

"Cork oak forests have coevolved with human societies for thousands of years. They support the livelihoods of millions of people and are a key component of treasured Mediterranean landscapes, but the pressures on these forests have never been greater. This scholarly work offers a wealth of knowledge on the management and restoration of a critical forest system and contains much of significance to those concerned with our relationship to all forests worldwide."

Jeff Sayer, science advisor, IUCN

"Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge provides a broad introduction to a vanishing cultural landscape. Cork oak woodlands are rich in species and also in traditional knowledge and lessons for understanding and coping with global change."

Fernando Valladares, Instituto de Recursos Naturales, CSIC, and Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid

"This comprehensive account of Mediterranean cork oak trees and the cultural landscapes they have dominated for millennia reveals much about ecology, management, history, and culture. The contributors represent an international group of researchers and managers engaged in exploring and restoring these emblematic ecosystems."

Francis E. Putz, Department of Biology, University of Florida

"[Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge] is well written, technical and scientifically sound and, being very comprehensive, gives the reader a complete picture of the problem. I think this book is a must for all people interested in climate change and restoration of ecosystems. By reading this you will understand the importance of the use of cork products; that is, the economic importance of such products for the producer countries who have a considerable workforce allocated to this activity."

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Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

 

PART I. Cork Oak Trees and Woodlands

Chapter 1. The Tree

Chapter 2. Origin and Genetic Variability

Chapter 3. Open Woodlands: A Diversity of Uses (and Overuses)

Chapter 4. Historical Perspective of Montados: The Example of Évora

Chapter 5. Cork Bottle Stoppers and Other Cork Products

 

PART II. Scientific Bases for Restoration and Management

Chapter 6. Coping with Drought

Chapter 7. Mycorrhizal Symbiosis and Its Role in Seedling Response to Drought

Chapter 8. Soil Propertied Constraining Cork Oak Distribution

Chapter 9. Coping with Pests and Diseases

Chapter 10. Natural Degeneration

 

PART III. Restoration in Practice

Chapter 11. Germplasm Selection and Nursery Techniques

Chapter 12. Field Techniques to Improve Cork Oak Establishment

 

PART IV. Economic Analysis

Chapter 13. Mixed Cork Oak-Stone Pine Woodlands in the Alentejo Region of Portugal

Chapter 14. Cork Oak Woodland Conservation and Household Subsistence Economy Challenges in Northern Tunisia

Chapter 15. Cost-Benefit Analysis of Cork Oak Woodland Afforestation and Facilitated Natural Regeneration in Spain

Chapter 16. Manufacture and Trade of Cork Products: An International Perspective

 

PART V. Challenges For The Future

Chapter 17. Ecoregional Planning for Biodiversity Conservation

Chapter 18. Facing Climate Change

Chapter 19. Simulating Function and Vulnerability of Cork Oak Woodland Ecosystems

Chapter 20. The Way Forward

 

Glossary

References

Editors

Species Index

Index

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"This book brings together the best of the ecological and social sciences to assess the condition of an iconic ecosysytem of the western Mediterranean world, with results as useful and beautiful as the cork oak itself."

J.R. McNeill, Georgetown University, author of Something New Under the Sun

"Cork oak forests have coevolved with human societies for thousands of years. They support the livelihoods of millions of people and are a key component of treasured Mediterranean landscapes, but the pressures on these forests have never been greater. This scholarly work offers a wealth of knowledge on the management and restoration of a critical forest system and contains much of significance to those concerned with our relationship to all forests worldwide."

Jeff Sayer, science advisor, IUCN

"Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge provides a broad introduction to a vanishing cultural landscape. Cork oak woodlands are rich in species and also in traditional knowledge and lessons for understanding and coping with global change."

Fernando Valladares, Instituto de Recursos Naturales, CSIC, and Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid

"This comprehensive account of Mediterranean cork oak trees and the cultural landscapes they have dominated for millennia reveals much about ecology, management, history, and culture. The contributors represent an international group of researchers and managers engaged in exploring and restoring these emblematic ecosystems."

Francis E. Putz, Department of Biology, University of Florida

"[Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge] is well written, technical and scientifically sound and, being very comprehensive, gives the reader a complete picture of the problem. I think this book is a must for all people interested in climate change and restoration of ecosystems. By reading this you will understand the importance of the use of cork products; that is, the economic importance of such products for the producer countries who have a considerable workforce allocated to this activity."

International Journal of Environmental Studies
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