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Plant Resins: Chemistry, Evolution, Ecology, and Ethnobotany

By Jean H. Langenheim

The benchmark for resins.

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Few people are aware of the great diversity of resin-producing plants or the remarkable roles resins play for plants and people. Resins evolved millions of years ago to defend plants against their enemies, as recorded by fossil resins like amber, and humans have used them since prehistory. Plant Resins tells the whole story about these fascinating plant products. The book is richly illustrated with maps, color and black-and-white photographs, and exquisite line drawings by Jesse Markman. This comprehensive and integrated discussion of resins will appeal to botanists, ecologists, ethnobotanists, chemists, anthropologists, archeologists, museum conservators, and amber enthusiasts.

Awards for this book: Klinger Book Award

Media reviews

"Langenheim, a respected resin authority, has done a commendable task. Few books have been published on this topic, so her book will be the benchmark for resins."

—R. P. Poincelot, Choice

"This book is certainly a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in the cultural history of plants and another example of the high quality ethnobotanical books published by Timber Press."

—Michael Heinrich, Journal of Ethnopharmacology

"A remarkable book on a unique subject."

American Herb Association Quarterly Newsletter

"This interesting and informative book is very easy to read and follow ... I highly recommend it to anybody with a casual or research interest in plants, plant resins, or natural products."

—Marcello Pennacchio, Chicago Botanic Garden

"Dr. Langenheim's prowess as a scholar has allowed her to bring together an impressive array of the past and current explorations about plant resins into one book ... Plant Resins will become the standard reference for this subject."

—Campbell Plowden, Journal of Ethnobiology

"Don't sit down to read this fascinating book, unless you have time to do it justice."

—John Beckner, Selbyana

"It is a pleasure to explore the plant world contained in Jean Langenheim's masterpiece, Plant Resins."

—Dorothea Bedigian, Plant Science Bulletin

"The whole book makes fascinating reading for both the scientist and educated layperson; once I started reading it it was hard to put down."

Taxon

"The first book since 1949 to tackle the complex subject of plant resins, Professor Langenheim hits everything — chemistry, evolution, ecology and ethnobotany."

Californian.com

"I never expected to be so captivated by the singular subject ... This outstanding work is comprehensive and detailed yet there is something for everyone to appreciate."

—Dan Harder, University of California at Santa Cruz Arboretum Bulletin

"Has something impressive for everyone who ventures into its pages."

—Dan Harder, University of California at Santa Cruz Arboretum Bulletin

"An authoritative and definitive work of interest and utility to readers working in botany, biology, chemistry, ecology, anthropology, or history."

—Charlotte Tancin, Huntia

"An excellent complement to the conservation, art technology, and cultural history literature and one that can offer great enrichment and enjoyment. So, a must-have browser!"

—Ruth E. Norton, Journal of the American Institute for Conservation

"Is is gratifying to see a lifetime of work with a wide cast of collaborators ... it is the most comprehensive review yet written on all aspects of palnt resins, from chemistry and biology to ethnobotany and commerce."

Madrono

"Dr. Langenheim's prowess as a scholar has allowed her to bring together an impressive array of the past and current explorations about plant resins into one book ... certain to become the most widely read and cited book about plant resins for many years to come."

—Campbell Plowden, Journal of Ethnobiology

"A one-volume library of resin natural history and ethnobotany. It will be welcomed by students, researchers, and interested amateurs in biology, forestry, archaeology and phytochemistry. I recommend it enthusiastically."

—Scott Zona, Systematic Botany

"This is a very fine book, the first in over 50 years to cover the subject so well, covering all aspects of resins with detail and authority."

—Martin Crawford, Agroforestry News

"While detailed enough for specialists, lucid and fascinating for others."

SciTech Book News

"The whole book makes fascinating reading for both the professional scientist and educated layperson; once I started reading it it was hard to put it down."

—Ghillean T. Prance, Taxon

"What is most impressive is how the author organizes chapters permitting topcis to overlap in such an illuminating manner ... this book gives the reader the perfect reply to the sneering question, 'Well, what is it good for?' There's only one reply. Resins are still good for what they've been good for, for thousands of years."

—Peter Bernhardt, Plant Talk

"An essential for all those who appreciate and value the world of plants."

—John E. Bryan, Gardening Newsletter

About the author

Jean H. Langenheim

Jean H. Langenheim is Professor Emeritus of Biology and Research Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz.

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