The contributions of Dr James Aronson, specialist on trees in semiaridlands with CNRCS, Centre d’Ecologie fonctionelle et Evolutive,Montpellier, France, and John Searle, nurseryman, are gratefully ac-knowledged. James Aronson first worked with John Maurice in theorchards and nursery of Hazorea in 1974, and their paths crossed timeand again afterwards (they visited Third World countries in 1979 to-gether, with a view to establishing nurseries for the production of mini-trees and, among other things, both participated in the desert re-search programme at Avdat). John Searle worked with John Mauricein the nursery at Avdat and, in 1996, also in the Hazorea nursery. Bothof them contributed information and suggestions to this publication,while John also made sketches to illustrate the finer points of the nurs-ery work.Rick Schuiling, Wageningen University and Research Centre, pre- pared slides and photographs for publication and Barbera Oranje,Agromisa illustrator, produced the drawings. Eva Kok, Agromisa staff member, assisted in the final editing.Eva Maurice took a lively interest in the preparation of this publica-tion. She provided most data for the biography and delved deep intothe papers of her late husband to help answer our queries.