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Field guide to the forest trees of Uganda: for identification and conservation.

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This book provides an up-to-date list of indigenous tree species known to grow in the tropical forest of Uganda and a guide to their identification in the field. It draws on A Field Guide to Uganda Forest Trees (UFT). Apart from nomenclature, taxonomy and new records, the main substantive changes with respect to UFT are the inclusion of information on conservation status and on cultivation and propagation. The indexing of vernacular names is now by language. The book has provided the range of forest types in Uganda and laboured to explain why conservation of indigenous forests and indigenous species is important for this nation and the wider community. It has strengthened and ably backed up this reasoning with a rich and very current literature drawn from various examples around the world. Particular attention has been given to the influence of forest loss on climate change and impact of climate change on forest cover and its services. The underlying causes of forest loss and degradation, as explained in this book, need to be addressed to continue the ecosystem services provided by the forests and their support to different sectors of the economy, such as agriculture. The keys, descriptions and illustrations remain much the same as with UFT, except that a number of new keys have been added for the identification of species within selected genera. Field researchers and students in the areas of Botany, Forestry, Agriculture, and other biological science-related disciplines as well as conservation scientists, naturalists and environmentalists should find it useful in determining the identity of forest trees.


Book details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Department of Plant Sciences Microbiology and Biotechnology, College of Natural Sciences, Makerere University Herbarium, PO Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2020
  • ISBN
  • 9781789245271
  • Record Number
  • 20203248251