"A distinctive, excellent resource for a specialized topic. Readers who think that plant smoke is just for inhaling intoxicants will be surprised by the breadth of human uses of smoke derived from plants, such as seed germination, pest control, and veterinary medicine. Academic libraries supporting programs in areas such as agriculture, ethnobotany, history, cosmetics, and medicine may benefit from this thoroughly researched volume." -- Choice
"A fascinating excursion. This book demonstrates that there's a lot more to smoke created from plant material than just nicotine and narcotics. Although this book remains morally neutral on the rights and wrongs of smoking various substances, it goes some way towards countering the view that plant smoke is always a bad thing."--Green Prophet
"The list of plants presented through the authors extensive literature search is a valuable entity. Perhaps this book's greatest contribution will be in its ability to stimulate research into identification of phytochemicals in a plant's smoke responsible for its ethnobotanical uses." -- Robert J. Krueger, Ferris St. University, Economic Botany
About the Author
Marcello Pennacchio is an ethnobotanist with more than twelve years of experience in research and teaching in this area. He has published many peer-reviewed journal articles on traditional Australian Aboriginal uses for plants, with special emphasis on those considered useful for treating heart-related diseases. His current research interests include plants that can be smoked for medicinal and other purposes.
Lara V. Jefferson is a restoration ecologist. She too has written scholarly journal articles and has presented her work at various conferences all over the world. Her main research interests are invasive plant species and using smoke to promote seed germination.
Kayri Havens is the Medard and Elizabeth Welch Director of the Division for Plant Biology and Conservation at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Dr Havens has also written scholarly journal articles and recently co-authored and co-edited a book on conservation, titled Ex-situ Plant Conservation (Island Press).