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Plant Resins: Chemistry, Evolution, Ecology, and Ethnobotany Hardcover – Illustrated, April 30, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0881925746 ISBN-10: 0881925748 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 612 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (April 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881925748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881925746
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.9 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #717,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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, Fall/Winter 2005

Book Description

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.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I immediately ordered this book, with great glee. As an ethnobotanist, I find that this book is an invaluable source of information on a topic that has not been systematically covered in my field.
The illustrations are wonderful, the information value of the book is high and I am pleased to have this book in my collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mercurius on June 30, 2009
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This book is mostly a thorough review of the state of knowledge of amber resins. For this purpose it is excellent but you might find it light on if for you are seeking in depth information about other botanical resins. The section on aloeswood is particularly scarce which disappointed me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Racciato on September 11, 2009
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This book offers a comprehensive look at the fascinating world of plant resins. It is a must have if you are looking for a single source of information on the subject. Even if you are not in the field (I'm certainly not), it makes for very interesting reading. And has the chemical reactions all diagrammed out for those of you with an interest in the organic chemistry side of things. Be aware that this is written like a text book, for the most part. But the commentary from the author keeps it from being yet another dry school text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. R. Kettle on June 8, 2009
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This book is the definitive text on plant resins and represents the summation of over forty years of research on the topic by the author. It is logically ordered, highly technical, comprehensive in is coverage and well illustrated. A thorough study of the evolution of resin-producing plants forms the solid botanical foundation of this work. Emphasis is given to the chemistry of the various resins(including amber - fossilized resin) and their distinctive properties. The use of resins by human society throughout the ages forms a fascinating part of the overall story.
If you are looking for a text that will provide you with the latest on plant resins, this is the book for you.
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