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Plant Resins: Chemistry, Evolution, Ecology, and Ethnobotany

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Few people are aware of the great diversity of resin-producing plants or the remarkable roles resins play for plants and people. Resins evolved millions of years ago to defend plants against their enemies, as recorded by fossil resins like amber, and humans have used them since prehistory. Plant Resins tells the whole story about these fascinating plant products. The book is richly illustrated with maps, color and black-and-white photographs, and exquisite line drawings by Jesse Markman. This comprehensive and ...

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Overview

Few people are aware of the great diversity of resin-producing plants or the remarkable roles resins play for plants and people. Resins evolved millions of years ago to defend plants against their enemies, as recorded by fossil resins like amber, and humans have used them since prehistory. Plant Resins tells the whole story about these fascinating plant products. The book is richly illustrated with maps, color and black-and-white photographs, and exquisite line drawings by Jesse Markman. This comprehensive and integrated discussion of resins will appeal to botanists, ecologists, ethnobotanists, chemists, anthropologists, archeologists, museum conservators, and amber enthusiasts.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
"Langenheim, a respected resin authority, has done a commendable task. Few books have been published on this topic, so her book will be the benchmark for resins."
—R. P. Poincelot, Choice, October 2003
Huntia
"An authoritative and definitive work of interest and utility to readers working in botany, biology, chemistry, ecology, anthropology, or history."
—Charlotte Tancin, Huntia, June 2005
Journal of the American Institute for Conservation
"An excellent complement to the conservation, art technology, and cultural history literature and one that can offer great enrichment and enjoyment. So, a must-have browser!"
—Ruth E. Norton, Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Fall/Winter 2005
From the Publisher
"An excellent complement to the conservation, art technology, and cultural history literature and one that can offer great enrichment and enjoyment. So, a must-have browser!"
—Ruth E. Norton, Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Fall/Winter 2005
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881925746
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2003
  • Pages: 612
  • Sales rank: 1,403,303
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 1.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean H. Langenheim is Professor Emeritus of Biology and Research Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz. She has researched resins for many years, publishing extensively with her students about resin-producing plants along the North American Pacific coast, throughout the New World tropics, and in other parts of the world. Her unusual breadth of background, as demonstrated in Plant Resins, has been recognized by her election as president of the Ecological Society of America, Association for Tropical Biology, International Society of Chemical Ecology, and Society for Economic Botany.

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Table of Contents

Preface 13
Acknowledgments 18
Pt. I The Production of Resin by Plants 21
Ch. 1 What Plant Resins Are and Are Not 23
Ch. 2 Resin-Producing Plants 51
Ch. 3 How Plants Secrete and Store Resin 106
Pt. II The Geologic History and Ecology of Resins 141
Ch. 4 Amber: Resins Through Geologic Time 143
Ch. 5 Ecological Roles of Resins 196
Pt. III The Ethnobotany of Resins 255
Ch. 6 Historical and Cultural Importance of Amber and Resins 257
Ch. 7 Oleoresins 306
Ch. 8 Fragrant and Medicinal Balsams 341
Ch. 9 Varnish and Lacquer Resins 375
Ch. 10 Miscellaneous Resins 412
Ch. 11 Future Use of Resins 457
App. 1 Resin-Producing Conifers 477
App. 2 Resin-Producing Angiosperms 480
App. 3 Skeletons of Characteristic Components of Fossil Resins 486
App. 4 Age, Location, and Plant Source of Amber Deposits 488
App. 5 Common Names, Plant Sources, and Uses of Resins 490
Glossary 494
References 501
Plant Index 569
Subject Index 581
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