||Presenting the latest thinking and knowledge on conifer reproductive biology, this text provides an essential supplementary text to existing books on plant - primarily angiosperm - biology. It also includes insights into the economic and cultural history of conifers which lend additional understanding to the current biogeography of this important group of plants. It is suitable as a text for advanced life science students and as a useful reference for professionals in ecology, genetics, forestry, conservation and other related fields in natural resources management. "The chapters that reflect the author's expertise are masterly and I learned much from them. Bringing together this information could not have been done by anybody else."Professor Philip Barry Tomlinson, Harvard Forest, Harvard University and National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kalaheo, HI, USA.