Quercus: Classification, Ecology and Uses


Bent J. Steffensen (Editor)

Series: Plant Science Research and Practices
BISAC: SCI011000

Quercus: Classification, Ecology and Uses introduces a literature review of research conducted on Quercus analysed by species, country and topic, and the main biological processes related to the oak’s response to global change are reviewed.

An extensive review on the uses of acorn oils, flours, extracts, and beverages is presented. The nutritional composition and bioactive compounds naturally present in acorn are described, as well as the effects of their bioactivities on human health.

Some research on pollination characteristics and acorn production in determined species of this taxon is examined, highlighting aerobiological data as an important aspect to be considered in reproduction studies.

Additionally, deciduous species of the Quercus L. genus are studied during their introduction in the botanical garden of Southern Federal University in Russia. The ecological parameters of 17 species were evaluated, including winter hardiness, drought resistance, phenology, genetic data, and resistance to diseases and pests.

The authors aim to determine whether Q. crassipes and Q. castanea can be recognized as foundation species, denoting that both species are dominant oaks of Mexican temperate forests.

Next, this compilation discusses the most widely explored phytochemical group in oak leaves, polyphenols, of which condensed and hydrolysable tannins have been reported in high concentrations in different Quercus species.

The authors consider the habitat and species diversity of oak forests in Bulgaria. The flora of studied oak forests, their structure and functionality, production, chemistry, intensity of biological turnover, and caloric content of phytomass fractions are presented in detail.

An extensive study is conducted to access the population status of Quercus leucotrichophora seedlings in a part of Garhwal Himalaya Oak forest through the establishment of permanent plots in different altitudes.

(Imprint: Nova)



Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Iberian Oaks Coping with Global Change: Ecological Processes and Management Strategies
(Teodoro Marañón, Ignacio M. Pérez-Ramos, Rafael Villar, Vanda Acácio, Ismael Aranda, J. Julio Camarero, Enrique G. de la Riva, María T. Domínguez, Pilar Fernández-Rebollo, José L. Quero, José A. Ramírez-Valiente, Jesús Rodríguez-Calcerrada and María Valbuena-Carabaña, IRNAS, CSIC, Seville, Spain, and others)

Chapter 2. Quercus Spp. Nuts for Human Consumption
(Luís M. G. Castro, Rita Sardão, Elisabete M. C. Alexandre, Jorge A. Saraiva and Manuela Pintado, Laboratório Associado, Centro de Biotecnologia e Química Fina, Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 3. Phenology and Aerobiology of the Quercus Genus: Reproductive Implications
(Herminia García-Mozo, Rocío López-Orozcoa and Carmen Galána, Department of Botany, Ecology and Plant Physiology, University of Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain)

Chapter 4. Complex Studies on the Quercus L. (Fagaceae) Genus Species During Their Introduction in the Botanical Garden of the Southern Federal University, Rostov-On-Don, Russia
(Vasiliy A. Chokheli, Boris L. Kozlovsky, Pavel A. Dmitriev, Denis P. Kupriushkin, Michael V. Kuropyatnikov, Vishnu D. Rajput, Tatyana V. Varduny, Maria A. Ignatova, Ekaterina P. Tarik, Igor V. Kornienko, Vladimir S. Lysenko, Botanical Garden of Academy of Biology and Biotechnology, Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia)

Chapter 5. Mexican Oaks as Foundation Species: The Case of Quercus crassipes and Q. Castanea
(Leticia Valencia-Cuevas, Elgar Castillo-Mendoza, Miriam Serrano-Muñoz and Efraín Tovar-Sánchez, Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Morelos, México, and others)

Chapter 6. Phytochemical Potential and Biological Activities of Extracts from Oak Leaves (Quercus Spp)
(Martha Rocío Moreno-Jiménez, Jessica Alejandra Reyna-Rojas, Nuria Elizabeth Rocha-Guzmán, José Alberto Gallegos-Infante, Claudia Ivette Gamboa-Gómez, Verónica Cervantes-Cardoza, Rubén Francisco González-Laredo, UPIDET-TecNM/Instituto Tecnológico de Durango, Durango, México, and others)

Chapter 7. Ecological Aspects of Oak Ecosystems with Dominance of Quercus cerris L. and Q. Frainetto Ten. in Bulgaria
(Mariyana I. Lyubenova and Violeta G. Dimitrova, Faculty of Biology, University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria, and others)

Chapter 8. Study on Seedling Population Response to Disturbance of a Garhwal Himalayan Oak (Quercus Leucotrichophora A. Camus) Forest
(V. Singh, D.S. Chauhan and S. Dasgupta, Department of Forestry, Dolphin PG Institute of Biomedical and Natural Sciences, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India, and others)

Chapter 9. Expert Commentary
(Mariyana I. Lyubenova and Violeta G. Dimitrova, Faculty of Biology, University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria, and others)


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