Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

The eucalyptus: a natural and commercial history of the gum tree.

Abstract

This book describes the discovery, introduction, and establishment of eucalypts (Eucalyptus) beyond Australia (Europe, Brazil and India) and documents how a cadre of 19th century plant experts and enthusiasts came to express a high regard for the genus and to popularize its adoption. The increasing interest shown by industrial, governmental, and international agencies in promoting specific uses for eucalypts is discussed. Representatives and employees of these groups quickened the tempo of research, helped establish the plants in various countries on a secure footing, and expanded the geographical range of many species. This book concludes by detailing the controversial and sensational aspects of growing eucalypts outside Australia, specifically the so-called costs to the environment and society of those trees preferred by plantation forestry programmes.