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In addition to its value as a national resource, the native flora of New Zealand is among the most ancient in the world. Here, two experts draw on their unique knowledge of traditional Maori usage, scientific research, and economic developments in an eye-opening account of past, present, and possible future uses of New Zealand plants. The authors review the materials and products which can be obtained from plants along with their use in landscaping and conservation. Many of the applications they examine are in chemistry (dyestuffs, tannins, resin acids, alkaloids) and horticulture (plants for gardens and conservatories); others concern the extraction or manufacture of medicinal products, food and beverages, fibers, essential oils, and perfumes. Plants may check erosion or slow run-off, grasses can be used for pasture or turf, and microalgae are important oxygenators of sewage ponds. Lichens fix atmospheric nitrogen, vital to the well-being of forests, themselves a source of timber. Informing their account throughout is the authors' belief that the genetic resource of New Zealand's native flora should be tended and maintained, in stark contrast to the traditional European approach of exploitation and replacement with introduced species. Plants are listed with common, scientific, and Maori names, and there is a comprehensive index of chemical terms. The book is illustrated with photographs both of paintings and actual specimens. Broad in its appeal, New Zealand's Economic Native Plants will interest teachers and students of botany, ecology, chemistry, biology, and Maori studies, as well as horticulturalists, historians, environmentalists and chemists.
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Book Description Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Oxford, New York, 1991. 234 Seiten mit zahlreichen Abbildungen, 0195582292 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 560 Groß 8°, Original-Pappband (Hardcover), Schnitt minimal stockfleckig, insgesamt gutes und innen sauberes Exemplar, Seller Inventory # 47565