Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge
Ecology, Adaptive Management, and Restoration

Editors: J. Aronson (CNRS, Montpellier),  J.S. Pereira (ISA, Lisbon),  J.G. Pausas (CSIC, Valencia)
Island Press, Washington DC, 2009

ISBN: 9781597264792 (paperback), 9781597264785 (hardcover)  |  Flier |  Press release


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"This comprehensive account of Mediterranean cork oak trees and the cultural landscapes they have dominated for millennia reveals much about ecology, management, history, and culture. The contributors represent an international group of researchers and managers engaged in exploring and restoring these emblematic ecosystems."
      --- Francis E. Putz, Department of Biology, University of Florida

"This book brings together the best of the ecological and social sciences to assess the condition of an iconic ecosystem of the western Mediterranean world, with results as useful and beautiful as the cork oak itself."
      --- J. R. McNeill, Georgetown University, author of Something New Under the Sun

"Cork oak forests have coevolved with human societies for thousands of years; they support the livelihoods of millions of people and are a key component of treasured Mediterranean landscapes, but the pressures on these forests have never been greater. This scholarly work offers a wealth of knowledge on the management and restoration of a critical forest system and contains much of significance to those concerned with our relationship to all forests worldwide."
      --- Jeff Sayer, science advisor, IUCN

"Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge provides a broad introduction to a vanishing cultural landscape. Cork oak woodlands are rich in species and also in traditional knowledge and lessons for understanding and coping with global change."
      --- Fernando Valladares, Instituto de Recursos Naturales, CSIC

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Highly related paper: Bugalho M.N., Caldeira M.C., Pereira J.S., Aronson J., & Pausas J.G. 2011. Mediterranean Cork oak savannas require human use to sustain biodiversity and ecosystem services. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9: 278-286. [doi | pdf | blog] [Featured on the cover: pdf, foto] [Podcast 12:12m]    [More papers and info on cork oak]

Table of Contents

(pdf files are the preprint version)

Preface [pdf]
General introduction [pdf]

Part I. Cork oak Trees and Woodlands

Introduction [pdf]
 1. The tree (J.G. Pausas et al.), pp. 11-21 [pdf]
 2. Origin and genetic variability (R. Lumaret et al.), pp. 25-32
 3. Open woodlands: A diversity of uses (and overuses) (M. Bugalho et al.), pp. 33-45
 4. Historical perspective of montados: The example of Évora (T. Pinto-Correia and A. M. Fonseca), pp. 49-56
 5. Cork bottle stoppers and other cork products (A. Mendes and J. Graça), pp. 59-69

Part II. Scientific Bases for Restoration and Management

Introduction [pdf]
 6. Coping with drought (J. S. Pereira et al.), pp. 73-80
 7. Mycorrhizal symbiosis and its role in seedling response to drought (D. Mousain et al.), pp. 81-87
 8. Soil properties constraining cork oak distribution (I. Serrasolses et al.), pp. 89-99
 9. Coping with pests and diseases (M. Branco and P. Ramos), pp. 103-111
10. Natural regeneration (J.G. Pausas et al.), pp. 115-124

Part III. Restoration in Practice

Introduction [pdf]
11. Germplasm selection and nursery techniques (M.H. Almeida et al.), pp. 129-157
12. Field techniques to improve cork oak establishment (J. Cortina et al.), pp. 141-149

Part IV. Economic Analysis

Introduction [pdf]
13. Mixed cork oak-stone pine woodlands in the Alentejo region of Portugal (I.S. Coelho and P. Campos), pp. 153-161
14. Cork oak woodland conservation and household subsistence economy challenges in northern Tunisia (P. Campos et al.), pp. 165-174
15. Cost-benefit analysis of cork oak woodland afforestation and facilitated natural regeneration in Spain (P. Ovando et al.), pp. 177-188
16. Manufacture and trade of cork products: an international perspective (S. Zapata et al.), pp. 189-200

Part V. Challenges for the Future

Introduction [pdf]
17. Ecoregional planning for biodiversity conservation (N. Berrahmouni et al.), pp. 203-216
18. Facing climate change (J. S. Pereira et al.), pp. 219-226
19. Simulating function and vulnerability of cork oak woodland ecosystems (J. Tenhunen et al.), pp. 227-234
20. The way forward (R. Vallejo et al.), pp. 235-245

Site profiles:

- Akfadou, Algeria (by M. Messaoudène), pp. 22-23
- Aguelmous, Morocco (by M. Ellatifi), pp. 46-47
- Machuqueira do Grou, Portugal (by N.A. Ribeiro), pp. 57-58
- Espadà, Calderona, and Pinet, Spain (by J.G. Pausas and R. Vallejo), pp. 100-101
- Maremma, Italy (by F. Selvi), pp. 112-113
- Hayouna, Morocco (by M. Abourouh), pp. 125-126
- Aspres and Albères, France (by R. Piazetta), pp. 138-139
- Monchique and Caldeirão, Portugal (by J. Rosendo), pp. 162-163
- Maamora, Morocco (by M. Abourouh), pp. 175-176
- Los Alcornocales Natural Park, Spain (by T. Marañón), pp. 217-218

Colour Plates | Glossary | References | Editors and Contributors [pdf] | Index |

Additional bibliography on Cork oak (by C. Fontaine) [pdf]

Location map of the cork oak sites ilustrated in the Site Profiles