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Mountain Ash: Fire, Logging and the Future of Victoria’s Giant ForestsArtist/Author: Lindenmayer, David, David Blair, Lachlan McBurney, Sam Banks
Mountain Ash draws together exciting new findings on the effects of fire and on post-fire ecological dynamics following the 2009 wildfires in the Mountain Ash forests of the Central Highlands of Victoria. The book integrates data on forests, carbon, fire dynamics and other factors, building on 6 years of high-quality, multi-faceted research coupled with 25 years of pre-fire insights.
Topics include: the unexpected effects of fires of varying severity on populations of large old trees and their implications for the dynamics of forest ecosystems; relationships between forest structure, condition and age and their impacts on fire severity; relationships between logging and fire severity; the unexpectedly low level of carbon stock losses from burned forests, including those burned at very high severity; impacts of fire at the site and landscape levels on arboreal marsupials; persistence of small mammals and birds on burned sites, including areas subject to high-severity fire, and its implications for understanding how species in this group exhibit post-fire recovery patterns.
With spectacular images of the post-fire environment, Mountain Ash will be an important reference for scientists and students with interests in biodiversity, forests and fire.
Cooking with the Oldest Foods on Earth: Australian Native Foods: Recipes and SourcesArtist/Author: Newton, John
Native produce business is booming and it’s about to enter a new phase — Australian native ingredients are beginning to turn up in growers’ markets and even local supermarkets. From Warrigal greens and saltbush, to kangaroo and yabbies — John Newton will inspire you to grab some and take it home.
This short companion book to the award-winning The Oldest Foods on Earth shows you how to cook with Australian ingredients, where to find them and how to grow them. Organised by ingredient, each chapter includes a brief history, a practical guide, and recipes for you to make in your very own kitchen. It promises to broaden Australians’ culinary horizons in every way.
‘This book is full of the information about Australian foods that your country refused to teach you. Here’s your chance to fully appreciate your homeland.’ — Bruce Pascoe
Flowering Plants of Lower Eyre Peninsula: An Illustrated Tour of the Native FloraArtist/Author: Saunders, Brian
Illustration of over 300 species of native plants of Lower Eyre Peninsula including tall trees, carnivorous plants, edible fruits, numerous orchids and a variety of adaptations facilitating pollination, seed dispersal, and regeneration after fire. Threats to, and conservation of, the native flora are discussed. The best places to view and appreciate the plants are included.
Broadleaf Weed Seedlings of Temperate Crops and Pastures: A Field GuideArtist/Author: Dellow, J J
This is a ‘must have’ field guide for farmers, graziers, extension officers, consultants and students who are trying to identify broadleaf weeds at the early seedling stage.
The guide includes descriptions of:
- 95 broadleaf plant species, focusing on the weeds of the temperate zone of Australia;
- 86 weeds;
- the broadleaf crops canola and safflower, and a broadleaf forage crop;
- six legume pasture species, including lucerne, white clover and subterranean clover.
The guide also includes a detailed colour photo and a short description pointing out the features unique to each species, making it easy to identify the seedlings while at their most susceptible stage for control. Cross-references are included for look-alike species.
For ease of identification, the plants in the field guide are arranged according to cotyledon shape, that is, the shape of the seed leaf – in the early seedling stage it is important to recognise the difference between the cotyledon and the true leaves. Diagrams showing the plant parts and the different shapes of leaves, cotyledons, apexes, bases and margins will help the user to correctly identify species.
Mistletoes of Southern Australia (Second Edition)Artist/Author: Watson, David
Mistletoes are an enigmatic group of plants. Lacking roots and depending on other plants for their livelihood, they have inspired a range of beliefs throughout the world. Some people regard them as being endowed with magical properties, others as destructive weeds that devalue native habitats, and still others as beautiful native plants that support wildlife.
This second edition of Mistletoes of Southern Australia is the definitive authority on these intriguing native plants. With specially commissioned watercolours by artist Robyn Hulley and more than 130 colour photographs, it provides detailed species accounts for all 47 species found in the region. It is fully updated throughout, with new distribution maps and new sections on fire, climate change and mistletoes in urban areas. It also describes the ecology, life history and cultural significance of mistletoes, their distribution in Australia and around the world, and practical advice on their management.
Blooms and Brushstrokes: A Floral History of Australian ArtArtist/Author: Curtin, Penelope, Tansy Curtin
Blooms and Brushstrokes takes you on a unique journey through the history of Australian art, one flower at a time, examining the blooms depicted in still lifes, floral portraits, decorative interiors and botanical illustrations by a long line of Australian artists. Mother-and-daughter team Penelope and Tansy Curtin start this fascinating journey in the late eighteenth century, when the traditions adhering to the Western art canon were transplanted into the newly colonised Australia. They follow it through the rapidly developing artistic styles of the early twentieth century, to the new media of the contemporary period.
These works of art also shine a light on the role and importance of plants and flowers in everyday life. They illustrate changing floral fashions, as well as highlighting flowers in their various forms – cut flowers, pot plants and gardens. And along the way you’ll encounter many of Australia’s most significant artists, including John Glover, Arthur Streeton, Margaret Preston, Grace Cossington Smith, John Brack and Margaret Olley, as well as some of Australia’s most beautiful, and sometimes intriguing, native flora, such as the waratah and Sturt’s desert pea, not to mention perennial garden favourites like roses, sweet peas and daisies.
Spectacular, intimate, engaging and meticulously researched – and full of interesting and quirky facts about the flowers and the artists themselves, Blooms and Brushstrokes is a book for art, flower and history lovers alike.
Healthy Soils for Healthy Vines: Soil Management for Productive VineyardsArtist/Author: White, Robert, Mark Krstic
Healthy Soils for Healthy Vines provides a clear understanding of vineyard soils and how to manage and improve soil health for best vineyard performance. It covers the inherent and dynamic properties of soil health, how to choose which soil properties to monitor, how to monitor soil and vine performance, and how vineyard management practices affect soil health, fruit composition and wine sensory characters. It also covers the basic tenets of sustainable winegrowing and their significance for business resilience in the face of a changing climate.
This book will be of practical value to anyone growing grapevines, managing a vineyard or making wine, from the small individual grower to the large wine company employee. It will be of special interest to winegrowers employing organic, natural or biodynamic methods of production, where the primary focus is on the biological health of the soil.
Australian Native Grasses: Key Species and Their Uses (Fourth Edition)Artist/Author: Chivers, I H and K A Raulings
This book will assist in identifying and understanding how some commonly found Australian native grasses can be grown and used.
There are distribution maps, plant descriptions and photographs of plants, seed heads and seeds, as well as photographs and descriptions of grass seedlings in the two or three leaf stages.
Various grasses can be used for native lawns, re-vegetation, pasture and other horticultural uses. The book includes information regarding the optimum growing conditions for each species.
Rainforests of Australia’s East CoastArtist/Author: Krisch, Peter
Rainforests of Australia’s East Coast is aimed primarily at the reader group of more than 500,000 active bushwalkers in Australia. A large percentage of bushwalkers visit all subforms of rainforests on a regular basis and identification of plant species is a common subject. The book is written in a comprehensible, engaging style and employs descriptive illustrations and photos to raise the interest into the great diversity, primeval origins and uniqueness of Australian rainforests.
The many beautiful images are taken from the author’s own collection which has been built up over many decades. Photos of widely distributed rainforest species including mosses, ferns, mushrooms and lichens together with informative texts enable the reader to identify species commonly encountered. Easy to use identification keys to the major plant groups and fungi are provided.
The book demonstrates that rainforests are self-sustaining ecosystems that rely on a myriad of associations to reproduce and survive. It will be a valuable information source for bushwalkers, for anyone with an interest in Australia’s native flora, and also for readers involved in outdoor activities such as gardening and horticulture.
Garden Plants & Flowers in AustraliaArtist/Author: Spence, Ian
From shrubs and climbers to bulbs and grasses, you’ll find every kind of plant for every corner of your garden.
The new landscape edition of this popular title makes it easier than ever to access authoritative advice and to experience the pleasures gardening can offer.
Take your pick from the A-Z of thousands of plants for dazzling year-round interest.
This comprehensive guide is beautifully written by Ian Spence and produced in association with RHS (Royal Horticultural Society).
Life in the Tall Eucalypt ForestsArtist/Author: Lindenmayer, David, Esther Beaton
Life in the Tall Eucalypt Forests pulls back the curtain on one of Australia’s most magnificent tall eucalypt forests, that of Victoria’s Central Highlands. The beautiful photographs of the animals and plants that live there are accompanied by captions that tell the story of how this community works together. Intricate webs of dependency have evolved among the inhabitants and these are held together in a delicate balance. The images and text explore the harmony in which these living things co-exist and help the reader to understand how an entire dynamic ecosystem is able to maintain its health, and how human activities such as logging can threaten that health.
Vegetation of Australian Riverine Landscapes: Biology, Ecology and ManagementArtist/Author: Capon, Samantha, Cassandra James, Michael Reid (Editors)
Vegetation communities in Australia’s riverine landscapes are ecologically, economically and culturally significant. They are also among the most threatened ecosystems on the continent and have been dramatically altered as a result of human activities and climate change. Vegetation of Australian Riverine Landscapes brings together, for the first time, the results of the substantial amount of research that has been conducted over the last few decades into the biology, ecology and management of these important plant communities in Australia.
The book is divided into four sections. The first section provides context with respect to the spatial and temporal dimensions of riverine landscapes in Australia. The second section examines key groups of riverine plants, while the third section provides an overview of riverine vegetation in five major regions of Australia, including patterns, significant threats and management. The final section explores critical issues associated with the conservation and management of riverine plants and vegetation, including water management, salinity, fire and restoration.
Vegetation of Australian Riverine Landscapes highlights the incredible diversity and dynamic nature of riverine vegetation across Australia, and will be an excellent reference for researchers, academics and environmental consultants.