This book explores the degree to which landscapes have been enriched with palms by human activities and the importance of palms for the lives of people in the region today and historically.
Author: Nigel Smith
This book explores the degree to which landscapes have been enriched with palms by human activities and the importance of palms for the lives of people in the region today and historically. Palms are a prominent feature of many landscapes in Amazonia, and they are important culturally, economically, and for a variety of ecological roles they play. Humans have been reorganizing the biological furniture in the region since the first hunters and gatherers arrived over 20,000 years ago.
The palms are among the most abundant, diverse, and important families of plants found in the Amazon. Based on extensive field work, this book provides a systematic treatment of all palms that occur naturally in the Amazon region.
Author: Andrew Henderson
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
The palms are among the most abundant, diverse, and important families of plants found in the Amazon. Based on extensive field work, this book provides a systematic treatment of all palms that occur naturally in the Amazon region. Each species is exhaustively described with reviews of their distribution, habitat, and ecology. Introductory chapters describe the physical setting of the Amazon region as well as on the biogeography and ecology of the palm family. This first modern treatment of the 135 species of Amazon palms provides a definitive account of their ecology, uses, and biogeography. It will be welcomed by students, teachers, and researchers of botany, ecology, agronomy, and conservation biology.
Threats to palm forest in Amazonia and other regions Rural people throughout
South America also harvest large ... Mauritia flexuosa palms occur in virtually
monotypic stands in the Peruvian Amazon and account for approximately 2.35 %
Author: James Oglethorpe
Descended from a long and ancient lineage, tapirs are important tropical forest seed dispersers. However, all species are threatened to various degrees by habitat destruction and hunting. Written for wildlife biologists, ecologists, administrators, educators and local conservation officials in countries with tapir populations, its objective is to aid in their conservation by catalyzing conservation action. Providing a brief natural history of each species, it is additionally hoped that the contents of the Plan will stimulate further research into this fascinating group of animals.
A Historical Ecology of People and Their Landscapes William Balée. eral plots
ofterrafirrne dense forest in the ... Palm Forests Palms (Arecaceae) are among
the most frequently noted disturbance indicators on Amazonian archaeological
Author: William L. Balée
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Winner of the Society for Economic Botany's Mary W. Klinger Book Award. Cultural Forests of the Amazon is a comprehensive and diverse account of how indigenous people transformed landscapes and managed resources in the most extensive region of tropical forests in the world. Until recently, most scholars and scientists, as well as the general public, thought indigenous people had a minimal impact on Amazon forests, once considered to be total wildernesses. William Balé e’ s research, conducted over a span of three decades, shows a more complicated truth. In Cultural Forests of the Amazon, he argues that indigenous people, past and present, have time and time again profoundly transformed nature into culture. Moreover, they have done so using their traditional knowledge and technology developed over thousands of years. Balé e demonstrates the inestimable value of indigenous knowledge in providing guideposts for a potentially less destructive future for environments and biota in the Amazon. He shows that we can no longer think about species and landscape diversity in any tropical forest without taking into account the intricacies of human history and the impact of all forms of knowledge and technology. Balé e describes the development of his historical ecology approach in Amazonia, along with important material on little-known forest dwellers and their habitats, current thinking in Amazonian historical ecology, and a narrative of his own dialogue with the Amazon and its people.
(2014). there are now over 1.5Mha in Latin America, and the attendance of 1700 people at an oil palm conference in ... potential area that could be used for oil palms (Table 1.8), as the whole of the Amazon basin has an equatorial climate
Author: R. H. V. Corley
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Technology & Engineering
The oil palm is the world's most valuable oil crop. Its production has increased over the decades, reaching 56 million tons in 2013, and it gives the highest yields per hectare of all oil crops. Remarkably, oil palm has remained profitable through periods of low prices. Demand for palm oil is also expanding, with the edible demand now complemented by added demand from biodiesel producers. The Oil Palm is the definitive reference work on this important crop. This fifth edition features new topics - including the conversion of palm oil to biodiesel, and discussions about the impacts of palm oil production on the environment and effects of climate change – alongside comprehensively revised chapters, with updated references throughout. The Oil Palm, Fifth Edition will be useful to researchers, plantation and mill managers who wish to understand the science underlying recommended practices. It is an indispensable reference for agriculture students and all those working in the oil palm industry worldwide.
Today, there are still areas with large populations of trees planted by pre-
Columbian people, especially in the southwest. These include rubber trees,
brazil nuts, cocoa trees, and maripa palms. “People arrived in the Amazon at
least 10,000 ...
Author: Andrea Pelleschi
Category: Adventure and adventurers
This book examines how researchers are learning about the rain forest's plants and animals, what discoveries are being made in the Amazon, and how people are working to combat the effects of deforestation and climate change. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
It is at the local level that one learns to appreciate the ubiquitous presence of palms in Amazonian life . People tend , search , exchange , and fight for the right
to use their resource — from fine fibers to sturdy trunks , and from sentimental
focused much of his efforts on palms . He lived with Indian tribes and developed
a profound understanding of the interdependence of palms and people in the Amazon Valley . This relationship was expressed in a small book , Palm Trees of
On those burning sandy wastes , those Fan Palms , with their pale and drooping
leaves , are like " footprints , " that many ... In the flooded lands , the “ gapo ” or
mouth of the Amazon , we read of " a virgin forest of lofty trees , whose stems are
Assuming a two percent population growth rate changes these figures only
slightly so that the palms last until 2001 and the forest until 2003 . Since at a 3 .
25 percent annual rate of increase the population exceeds 1000 by the year
2000 , it ...
Here, also, are manufactured, by wild tribes in the interior, the celebrated grass
hammock woven from the fibre of the tucum palm. The population of the Upper
Amazons has not increased with the introduction of steamers. The climate is
... bite and devour one another , On those burning sandy wastes , those Fan Palms , with their pale and drooping leaves ... In the flooded lands , the " gapo ”
or mouth of the Amazon , we read of " a virgin forest of lofty trees , whose stems
The producing tree is one of the most beautiful of the palms , the coronal leaves
being six feet in length by two broad , and ... From various palm - fruits are
prepared substances in great request among different classes of people ; but
A single stump remained attached to each palm , the briefest remnant of a thumb
. For a second , Mother Henriette rested her jutting chin on the woman ' s head : “
This is my beloved Antonia . She has been here longest . She looks after all the ...
Palms are conspicuous in landscapes along the Amazon and many of themsuch
as the jauari , the marajá , the pupunharana , and the urucuri - anchor fish ...
Jauari Palm People collect the fruit of jauari palm for fish bait as well as to feed
Author: Nigel J. H. Smith
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
The floodplain forests of the Amazon, the world's largest river, are among the most threatened habitats in South America. Yet little is known about how these unique, seasonally flooded forests were used in the past, or their current importance to farmers, livestock owners, and fisherfolk. Thisbook explores the natural history knowledge of the floodplain inhabitants and how we might better use their knowledge to promote sound conservation and development policies.
I am enabled so exactly to mark out its range from having resided more than two
years among . people whose principal occupation consisted in obtaining the
fibres of this tree . ” — Wallace's ' Palm Trees , ' p . 19 . vigating the Amazon : it is
With an Account of the Native Tribes, and Observations of the Climate,
Geography, and Natural History of the Amazon Valley ... It hardens in a few hours
, and is blackened with a smoke produced by burning the nuts of the Urucurí palm , and is ...
The grove of piassaba palms was only a few yards back in the forest , and
presented a most singular appearance , the ... Barcellos we found had received
an accession of population , people having returned from somewhere or the
other to ...
Man and Fisheries on an Amazon Frontier. Dordrecht: W. Junk. Goulding, M. ...
Indigenous people and the marketing of the rainforest. The Ecologist 20(6):223–
227. ... Palms as key swamp forest resources in Amazonia. Forest Ecology and ...
Author: Darrell A. Posey
Publisher: Columbia University Press
From the pre-Columbian era to the present, native Amazonians have shaped the land around them, emphasizing utilization, conservation, and sustainability. These priorities stand in stark contrast to colonial and contemporary exploitation of Amazonia by outside interests. With essays from environmental scientists, botanists, and anthropologists, this volume explores the various effects of human development on Amazonia. The contributors argue that by protecting and drawing on local knowledge and values, further environmental ruin can be avoided.