Environmental applications of poplars and willows

  • Authors: Isebrands, J.G.; Aronsson, P.; Carlson, M.; Ceulemans, R.; Coleman, M.; Dickinson, N.; Dimitriou, J.; Doty, S.; Gardiner, E.; Heinsoo, K.; Johnson, J.D.; Koo, Y.B.; Kort, J.; Kuzovkina, J.; Licht, L.; McCracken, A.R.; McIvor, I.; Mertens, P.; Perttu, K.; Riddell-Black, D.; Robins, B.; Scarascia-Mugnozza, G.; Schroeder, W.R.; Stanturf, John; Volk, T.A.; Weih, M.
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Publication Series: Book Chapter
  • Source: Poplars and Willows: Trees for Society and the Environment - A co-publication of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI)

Abstract

Poplars and willows have been planted for environmental purposes for millennia. There are reports that poplars were planted to improve the human environment 4000 years ago in the third dynasty of Ur, for streamside stabilization 2000 years ago in what is now the south-western USA by native North Americans and for urban amenities by the early Chinese dynasties (see Chapter 1, this volume). Early settlers in Europe and North America planted poplars and willows (and other species) to provide shelter and to protect crops. There were also a significant number of linear plantings of poplars in cities for protection, visual screens and aesthetics (FAO, 19 80; Isebrands and Karnosky, 2001).

  • Citation: Isebrands, J.G.; Aronsson, P.; Carlson, M.; Ceulemans, R.; Coleman, M.; Dickinson, N.; Dimitriou, J.; Doty, S.; Gardiner, E.; Heinsoo, K.; Johnson, J.D.; Koo, Y.B.; Kort, J.; Kuzovkina, J.; Licht, L.; McCracken, A.R.; McIvor, I.; Mertens, P.; Perttu, K.; Riddell-Black, D.; Robins, B.; Scarascia-Mugnozza, G.; Schroeder, W.R.; Stanturf, J.; Volk, T.A.; Weih, M. 2014. Environmental applications of poplars and willows. In Isebrands, J.G.; Richardson, J. (eds.). Poplars and willows: trees for society and the environment. Oxfordshire, England: CABI. Pgs.258-336.
  • Posted Date: October 8, 2014
  • Modified Date: January 8, 2015
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