Plants for Arid Lands

Proceedings of the Kew International Conference on Economic Plants for Arid Lands held in the Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England, 23–27 July 1984

  • G. E. Wickens
  • J. R. Goodin
  • D. V. Field

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Background

    1. Mary Cherry
      Pages 1-8
    2. A. T. Grove
      Pages 9-18
  3. Food

    1. Gary P. Nabhan, Richard S. Felger
      Pages 19-33
    2. J. M. Wilson, J. R. Witcombe
      Pages 35-52
    3. T. H. Arnold, M. J. Wells, A. S. Wehmeyer
      Pages 69-86
    4. M. Nabil El Hadidi
      Pages 87-92
  4. Timber, Fuel and Forage

  5. Plants for the Environment

  6. National Studies

  7. Work of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

  8. Biochemicals

  9. Information Services

  10. Back Matter
    Pages 427-455

About this book


Economic plants have been defined by SEPASAT as those plants that are utilised either directly or indirectly for the benefit of Man. Indirect usage includes the needs of Man's livestock and the maintenance of the environment; the benefits may be domestic, commercial or aesthetic. Economic plants constitute a large and so far uncalculated percentage of the quarter of a million higher plants in the World today. However, it has been calculated that 10% (25 000) of these species are now on the verge of extinction and extinction means that a genetic resource that could be of benefit to Man will be lost for ever. Furthermore, for every species lost an estimated 10-30 other dependent organisms are also doomed. Fewer than 1 per cent of the World's plants have been sufficiently well studied for a true evaluation of the potential floral wealth awaiting discovery, not only in the rain forests, which man is now actively destroying at a rate of 20 ha a minute, but also in the very much neglected dry areas of the World.


agriculture desert development ecosystem energy flora nitrogen nutrition plant plants soil water

Editors and affiliations

  • G. E. Wickens
    • 1
  • J. R. Goodin
    • 2
  • D. V. Field
    • 3
  1. 1.SEPASATRoyal Botanic GardensRichmond, SurreyUK
  2. 2.ICASALS and Department of Biological SciencesTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  3. 3.HerbariumRoyal Botanic GardensRichmond, SurreyUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-04-445330-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-6830-4
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