Forestry is a broad subject which deals on multidisciplinary aspects like silviculture, forest soils, properties of soils, forests policies, forest law, botany of tree species, surveying protection, logging which includes felling and conversion, transport, storage, mensuration, grading timber etc. Hence, this volume is edited with the objective to provide knowledge on the aspects of social and agro forestry terminologies. The coverage of terms is very broad and it is very hard to think more cherished source of information in forestry at a glance. Hence an attempt has been made to bring out a comprehensive glossary of technical terms used in the theory and practice of forestry. Each definition is considered a short lesson to be understandable as an independent entry. Moreover diagrammatic representations are also included in each subject for easy understanding of the terms. The glossary is made in such a way that it caters to all kinds of audiences, be it an amateur in the field or a veteran in the field and helps them in teaching and learning of forestry. Sincere efforts have been taken to make the readers immerse in the wonderful discipline to foresty.
Dr. K. Vanangamudi, is the Dean (Agriculture), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, TN, India, a Seed Scientist has 22 years of experience in the field of UG and PG teaching, research and extension service. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Mississippi State University, USA during 1989-90. His area of specialization includes forest seed technology and quality seed production. He has authored 16 books in English and 24 books in Tamil and published 35 research papers in International Journals & Newsletters and 111 in National Journals. He has presented 163 papers in various National and International conferences and seminars and published 77 popular articles in English and Tamil. He has also contributed several book chapters in refereed books.
He has excellent research experiences by heading eight research projects as a Principal Investigator funded by various agencies and currently investigating a horticulture project. He is the Project Head for Training programme for Self Help Groups at Adhiparasakthi Agricultural College. He has guided 17 PhD and 10 MSc students. In recognition of his outstanding contribution, he has been awarded with ‘Best Post graduate Teacher Award’ in 1998, Best Scientist Award in Agro-Forestry’ in 1999 and ‘Madras Agricultural Students Best Teacher Award for Post Graduate Programme’ in 2000 and ‘Best Seed Scientist Award’ in 2003 from Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar. He is a member of Board of studies in Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Gandhi Gram Rural Institute, Deemed University. He was also a consultant of Kerala Forestry Project. He is a recognized guide of Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli and Forest Research Institute, Deemed University, Dehradun. He has traveled to U.S.A., Japan, Canada and U.K. in connection with forest research and education.
Dr. K. Natarajan, Assistant Professor of Seed Science and Technology, Adhiparasakthi Agricultural College, Kalavai, Vellore District, Tamil Nadu, India has published 10 research papers in International and National Journals and 9 popular articles. He has also presented 43 research papers in National Seminars and Conferences. He is the Co-Author for several books published by senior editor. He has specialized in flower seed production.
Ms. K.R.V Sathya Sheela, Assistant Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Adhiparasakthi Agricultural College, Kalavai, Vellore District, Tamil Nadu, India has been awarded with seven gold medals and one award for her academic excellence in the B.Sc. Agri. programme. Her specialization is in the field of maize intrapopulation improvement. She has also published several articles in refereed journals and newsletters.