The Guides pratiques collection includes illustrated handbooks and guides intended to transmit practical know-how applicable in the field, on specific, limited yet varied topics. These are field tools for use in identifying plants, pests and auxiliaries or diseases, in implementing techniques, etc.
It follows on from the following collections Guide technique du forestier méditerranéen français (Cemagref) et Techniques et pratiques (Inra).
This book describes 187 species of wood in Madagascar that are or can be used for joinery, cabinet-making, timber or packaging:distribution map, botanical elements, physical and mechanical properties of the wood, natural durability, behaviour on drying and during processing and use and main uses. Audience: wood sector professionals and anyone seeking to find out more about the natural heritage of Madagascar.
The authors propose an "opening" through the garrigues starting from the soil composition and its history up to the tops of trees found there like the holm oak. The exceptional diversity of the fauna can also be explored when turning the pages.
This guide, illustrated by more than 1,500 underwater photographs, presents nearly 1,200 species of fish in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. The reference work dedicated to enthusiasts of the undersea world, more especially divers, will also be of interest to a wide audience that is curious about Nature and its riches.
This book presents the origin of common and botanical names of the best known plants in our regions. The plants are classified into six categories to make them easier to find: wild plants, vegetables, condiments, fruit, ornamental plants and other plants with miscellaneous uses. A short bibliography is followed by a general index from which you can quickly move to the article describing the origin of the name sought.
From garden to forest, this book hovering between botany and entomology classifies over one thousand insects according to the plants on which they depend to live. Description, way of life, relationship with the host plant and numerous photographs make this a field tool and a reference work that can be consulted at any time.
This guide is intended for the general public and takes stock of the various aspects of biological control from the viewpoint of the amateur gardener rather than in general terms. It aims to give concrete advice that the amateur can put to good use in his garden. The book ends with a table summarising problems and solutions, a small bibliography, a list of addresses (suppliers of beneficial insects or nests and shelters) and an index of animals and plants mentioned. These elements will supplement the firmly practical side of the book.
Torrential erosion is a natural phenomenon with worrying (or dramatic) consequences in many regions of the world. It can perhaps be controlled by biological engineering. Based on a precise diagnosis of the environmental conditions, this is the first practical and strategic guide to biological engineering in France, adapted to the torrential context.
3rd edition, reviewed and expanded
Found everywhere in terrestrial ecosystems, rodents can cause major damage or transmit diseases. This fully-updated third edition presents their relationship with their environment and with Man. In addition to dichotomous keys used to determine them, an illustrated monograph lists the main known data for everyone of the 31 species. For: farmers, forestry agents, engineers, naturalists, professionals and amateurs.
What do we know about the infinite floristic diversity of the Ile-de-France region? Extending far beyond received ideas trying to make the capital bled dry of any natural component, here is an unprecedented scientific basis for our regional flora.
Can plants ingested by animals be identified? What can be done when the morphological properties of the plant can no longer be used as dried plants in hay, seed fragments for example?