Cottonwood and the River of Time: On Trees, Evolution, and

Cottonwood and the River of Time: On Trees, Evolution, and Society [Read] ➪ Cottonwood and the River of Time: On Trees, Evolution, and Society By Reinhard F. Stettler – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Cottonwood and the River of Time looks at some of the approaches scientists have used to unravel the puzzles of the natural world With a lifetime of work in forestry and genetics to guide him, Reinhar Cottonwood and the River of Time looks the River PDF ✓ at some of the approaches scientists have Cottonwood and PDF \ used to unravel the puzzles of the natural world With a lifetime of work in and the River MOBI ò forestry and genetics to guide him, Reinhard Stettler celebrates both what has been learned and what still remains a mystery as he examines not only cottonwoods but also trees generally, their evolution, and their relationship to societyCottonwoods flourish on the verge, near streams and rivers Their life cycle is closely attuned to the river s natural dynamics An ever changing floodplain keeps generating new opportunities for these pioneers to settle and prepare the ground for new species Perpetual change is the story of cottonwoods but in a broader sense, the story of all trees and all kinds of life Through the long parade of generation after generation, as rivers meander and glaciers advance and retreat, trees have adapted and persisted, some for thousands of years How do they do this And urgently, what lessons can we learn from the study of trees to preserve and manage our forests for an uncertain future In his search for answers, Stettler moves from the floodplain of a West Cascade river, where seedlings compete for a foothold, to mountain slopes, where aspens reveal their genetic differences in colorful displays from the workshops of Renaissance artists who painted their masterpieces on poplar to labs where geneticists have recently succeeded in sequencing a cottonwood s genome from the intensively cultivated tree plantations along the Columbia to old growth forests challenged by global warmingNatural selection and adaptation, the comparable advantages and disadvantages of sexual versus asexual reproduction, the history of plant domestication, and the purposes, risks, and potential benefits of genetic engineering are a few of the many chapters in this story By offering lessons in how nature works, as well as how science can help us understand it, Cottonwood and the River of Time illuminates connections between the physical, biological, and social worlds.


10 thoughts on “Cottonwood and the River of Time: On Trees, Evolution, and Society

  1. Fernleaf Fernleaf says:

    A very interesting but very dense read focusing on the genetics of trees through the lens of the cottonwood tree poplar family Although this book contains some fascinating information on the life histories of cottonwoods in particular and poplars in general it also touches on many other groups of trees and trees forests as a whole group The vocabulary is dense, and if you are lacking a good grounding in basic biological concepts the going might be a little challenging There is an extensive A very interesting but very dense read focusing on the genetics of trees through the lens of the cottonwood tree poplar family Although this book contains some fascinating information on the life histories of cottonwoods in particular and poplars in general it also touches on many other groups of trees and trees forests as a whole group The vocabulary is dense, and if you are lacking a good grounding in basic biological concepts the going might be a little challenging There is an extensive glossary in the back that helps with defining the jargon, but the concepts can be hard to grasp especially if you re reading it late in the evening after the kiddos are asleep


  2. Dylan Fischer Dylan Fischer says:

    This book is just so excellent He ties together so many interesting concepts in ecology, genetics, forestry, and river systems dynamics In doing so, he effortlessly teaches us about natural history, evolution, and genetics In the last part, his focus on the interweaving of nature and human systems is also very nicely done I ve taught my college plant ecology forest ecology classes with this book several times now, and it s always a favorite A must read for anyone who loves trees and rivers.


  3. Michael Blackmore Michael Blackmore says:

    Very nice look at Cottonwood trees and friends butimportantly it uses them as a very handy lens in which to view and learn about tree botany.Recommended for tree geeks


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