Distribution and ecology of vascular plants in a tropical rain forest: Forest vegetation in Ghana by J.B. HallDistribution and ecology of vascular plants in a tropical rain forest: Forest vegetation in Ghana by J.B. Hall

Distribution and ecology of vascular plants in a tropical rain forest: Forest vegetation in Ghana

byJ.B. Hall, M.d. Swaine

Paperback | October 3, 2013

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It is a privilege to be asked and a pleasurable duty for me to write the foreword of this book. The conservation and wise utilisation of the humid tropical forests, a unique biome, are matters of great concern and importance to millions living within and around these forests and, perhaps, less directly, to the totality of mankind. These forests provide many essential products and services for mankind. The list is lengthy and need not be repeated here. Suffice it to say that there are not many aspects of human activity which do not utilise some of these products, services or derivatives therefrom. Yet it is the view of those most closely associated with the study of these forests that what is known is but a minuscule portion of whatthere is to know. The products and services now utilised, are perhaps some infinitesimal part of the full potential. All over the tropical world, however, these forests are being destroyed. At first, slowly, but now surely gathering tempo. This is true also of Ghana. Tracts offorest land are converted to other uses, often ephemeral and not sustained. Irreversible changes take place in our environment. The gains are shortlived, the losses unobtrusively accumulate and stay forever. The accelerating rate of deforestation, in the face of our relatively scanty knowledge of this biome, is indeed a sad reflection of the state of human affairs. It is in this setting that one welcomes this book by Messrs. J. B. Hall and M. D. Swaine.
Title:Distribution and ecology of vascular plants in a tropical rain forest: Forest vegetation in GhanaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:383 pagesPublished:October 3, 2013Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9400986521

ISBN - 13:9789400986527

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Table of Contents

1. What is forest?.- 2. Variation and classification of forest.- 3. Forest environment.- 4. Forest flora.- 5. Forest structure and physiognomy.- 6. Reproduction.- 7. Utilisation and conservation of Ghanaian forest.- 8. Description of forest types.- 9. Mapping Methods and Map Format.- 10. Distribution maps with Notes on morphology, taxonomy, chorology, ecology and utilisation.- 11. Distribution of 11 timber species.- Appendices.- 1. Location, area and date of reservation of reserved forest.- (a) Forest Reserves.- (b) Wildlife reserves.- 2. Location of plots sampled during our survey of Ghanaian forest.- (a) A-Samples.- (b) B-Samples.- 3. Ordination scores of species found four or more times during our survey.- 4. Worked example of plot identification from ordination scores of species present.- 5. List of Ghanaian forest tree species for which distribution maps are not included in the present book.- 6. Family representation in the Ghanaian forest flora.- 7. Classification of Ghanaian timbers.- References.- Index to scientific names of plants.- General index.