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Biodiversity

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Family Farms, Food Sovereignty and the Conservation of Agrobiodiversity in Cuba

Family Farms, Food Sovereignty and the Conservation of Agrobiodiversity in Cuba

Author: Pablo B. (Bioversity International, Italy) Eyzaguirre Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This highly original volume investigates and documents the complex interactions between Cuba's Man and Biosphere Reserves and the emergence of small family farms. The authors cover over two decades of dramatic changes in the political economy of agriculture and biodiversity conservation in Cuba, which provides a unique case study of sustainable agriculture. It shows how the agricultural biodiversity maintained in situ by family farms within protected areas provides a strategic source of seed and agrecological knowledge and practices. Thus, Biosphere Reserves have helped to promote food sovereignty through healthier and more diverse food production following the collapse of state farms and agricultural cooperatives in the early 1990s. The book uses transdisciplinary methods, combining DNA studies, geo-referencing, ecological, agronomic, and socio-economic research, along with participatory methods to document ethnobotanical and farmer knowledge, revealing a rich store of agrobiodiversity maintained in landscapes, seed systems and nurseries managed by farmers. It covers a range of ecosystems and biocultural landscapes from arid tropics, tropical hillsides, montane rainforests, tropical savannas and coastal areas. It analyses how family farms in diverse Cuban ecosystems use biodiversity, agro-ecological knowledge and techniques to enhance the resilience of natural and agrarian landscapes in the face of climate change, natural disasters, and socio-economic and policy change.

Wildlife, Landscape Use and society

Wildlife, Landscape Use and society

Author: Ken (Nagasaki University, Japan) Sugimura Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2020

A comprehensive analysis of the various terrestrial natural landscapes and habitats within Japan, and the efforts to sustain and conserve them and sustain landscape services. In 2011 Conservation International designated the Japanese islands collectively as one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. They are rich in biodiversity, but also densely populated and so human impacts have led to many species being classed as endangered though few have become extinct during the recent decades. Sugimura evaluates the effectsimportance of landscape changes, government policies and economy on the forest ecosystems and services of Japan. andThen he contemplated how such a rich variety of wildlife species have been able to survive, albeit in limited numbers, despite the rapid expansion of the Japanese economic activitieshuman population in the 20th century. A vital introduction for international environmentalists, geographers and environmental scientists looking to understand Japan's unique ecosystems and their experiences with human activitieshow they have been managed.

At the Heart of the Coral Triangle

At the Heart of the Coral Triangle

Author: Alan J (Consulting Engineer, UK) Powderham, Sancia van der Meij Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

The Coral Triangle, straddling the confluence of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, harbours the greatest biodiversity of marine life on the planet. It is home to a wondrous variety, including 75% of the world's coral species and around 2500 species of fish. The biological and environmental diversity is driven by the volcanically active and complex geology of the so called 'Ring of Fire'. Habitats range from underwater slopes of volcanic black sand to extensive coral reefs in atolls and vast calderas. While clearly vulnerable to increasing global threats such as climate change, pollution and overfishing, the Coral Triangle currently features some the richest coral reefs in the world. With stunning photography supported by an engaging and accessible text, this book highlights and celebrates this biodiversity along with the underlying message that it needs our care and protection before it is too late.

How Life Increases Biodiversity

How Life Increases Biodiversity

Life maximizes biodiversity; this is the hypothesis of this book. An atmosphere favorable for life, including high oxygen and the ozone layer, and favorable nitrogen and carbon dioxide levels stimulated increases in biodiversity. Symbiosis drives diversification and macroevolution; e.g. bacteria makes nitrogen available to plants. Ecosystems interact symbiotically. Horizontal gene transfer, often mediated by viruses, is common, drives major evolutionary transitions, and is symbiotic evolution. These observations and others suggest that life has created a positive feedback loop stimulating biodiversity. key selling features: Describes a hypothesis that ecosystems maximize biodiversity Suggests modified version of the dominant paradigm in population biology and evolution Discusses specific examples of events and phenomena that positively affect the diversity of life Presents a new view likely to elicit deeper discussions of biodiversity

Plant Invasions

Plant Invasions

Author: Anna (Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avancats (CSIC-UIB), Spain) Traveset Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/10/2020

There are many books on aspects of plant invasions, but none that focus on the key role of species interactions in mediating invasions. This book reviews exciting new findings and explores how new methods and tools are shedding new light on crucial processes in plant invasions. In 23 chapters, with contributions from 51 authors, the book addresses: * the main theories and hypotheses in plant invasion ecology that invoke species interactions; * plant invasions that are facilitated by, or benefit from, by mutualistic interactions and release from enemies; * antagonistic interactions that prevent or hinder plant invasions; * impacts of plant invasions on native species interactions and ecosystem functioning; * the interaction-network approach to understanding plant invasions; * the importance of considering species interactions in managing plant invasions

Introduction to Systems Ecology

Introduction to Systems Ecology

Author: Sven Jorgensen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2020

Possibly the first textbook to present a practically applicable ecosystems theory, Introduction to Systems Ecology helps readers understand how ecosystems work and how they react to disturbances. It demonstrates-with many examples and illustrations-how to apply the theory to explain observations and to make quantitative calculations and predictions. In this book, Sven Erik Jorgensen takes a first step toward integrating thermodynamics, biochemistry, hierarchical organization, and network theory into a holistic theory of systems ecology. The first part of the book covers the laws of thermodynamics and the basic biochemistry of living organisms, as well as the constraints they impose on ecosystems. To grow and develop, however, ecosystems have to evade these thermodynamic and biochemical constraints, so the second part of the book discusses the seven basic properties that enable ecosystems to grow, develop, and survive: They are open systems, far from thermodynamic equilibrium. They are organized hierarchically. They have a high diversity. They have high buffer capacities toward changes. Their components are organized in cooperative networks, which allows for sophisticated feedback, regulation mechanisms, and higher efficiencies. They contain an enormous amount of information embodied in genomes. They have emerging system properties. This timely textbook also looks at how systems ecology is applied in integrated environmental management, particularly in ecological modeling and engineering and in the assessment of ecosystem health using ecological indicators. Acknowledging that there is still much room for improvement, it will inspire ecologists to develop a stronger and more widely applicable ecosystem theory.

Insects and Sustainability of Ecosystem Services

Insects and Sustainability of Ecosystem Services

Author: Timothy D. Schowalter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2020

With few exceptions, insects are perceived in industrialized countries as undesirable pests. In reality, relatively few insects interfere with us or our resources. Most have benign or positive effects on ecosystem services, and many represent useful resources in non-industrialized countries. Challenging traditional perceptions of the value of insects, Insects and Sustainability of Ecosystem Services explores the ways insects affect the ecosystem services we depend upon. It also fosters an appreciation for the amazing diversity, adaptive ability, and natural roles of insects. The book discusses how the ways in which we manage insects will determine an ecosystem's capacity to continue to supply services. It reviews aspects of insect physiology, behavior, and ecology that affect their interactions with other ecosystem components and ecosystem services, emphasizing critical effects of insects on the sustainability of ecosystem processes and services. The author examines the integration of insect ecology with self-regulatory aspects of ecosystems that control primary production, energy and nutrient fluxes, and global climate-functions that underlie the sustainability of ecosystem services. Clearly, we need environmental policies that meet needs for pest control where warranted, but do not undermine the important contributions of insects to sustaining ecosystem processes and services. With in-depth coverage of the multiple, often compensatory, effects of insects on various resources or ecosystem services and on the consequences of control tactics for those resources or services, Insects and Sustainability of Ecosystem Services recommends changes in perspectives and policies regarding insects that will contribute to sustainability of ecosystem services.

Biodiversity and Environmental Change

Biodiversity and Environmental Change

Author: David Lindenmayer Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2020

Long-term ecological data are critical for informing long-term trends in biodiversity and trends in environmental change. The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) is a major initiative of the Australian Government and one of its key areas of investment is to provide funding for a network of longterm ecological research plots around Australia (LTERN). This book highlights some of the temporal changes in the environment and/or in biodiversity that have occurred in different ecosystems, ranging from tropical rainforests, wet eucalypt forests and alpine regions through to rangelands and deserts. Many important trends and changes are documented and they often provide new insights that were previously poorly understood or unknown. These data are precisely the kinds of data so desperately needed to better quantify the temporal trajectories in the environment and biodiversity in Australia.

The living marine resources of the Western Central Atlantic

The living marine resources of the Western Central Atlantic

This multivolume field guide covers the species of interest to fisheries of the major marine resource groups exploited in the Eastern Central Atlantic. The area of coverage includes FAO fishing area 34 and part of 47. The marine resource groups included are bivalves, gastropods, chitons, cephalopods, stomatopods, shrimps, lobsters, crabs, hagfishes, sharks, batoid fishes, chimaeras, bony fishes and sea turtles. The introductory chapter outlines the environmental, ecological, and biogeographical factors influencing the marine biota, and the basic components of the fisheries in the Eastern Central Atlantic. Within the field guide, the sections on the re source groups are arranged phylogenetically according to higher taxonomic levels such as class, order, and family. Each resource group is introduced by general re marks on the group, an illustrated section on technical terms and measurements, and a key or guide to orders or families. Each family generally has an account summarizing family diagnostic characters, bi o logical and fisheries in formation, notes on similar families occur ring in the area, a key to species, a check list of species, and a short list of relevant literature. Families that are less important to fisheries include an abbreviated family ac count and no de tailed species in formation. Species in the important families are treated in detail (arranged alphabetically by genus and species) and include the species name, frequent synonyms and names of similar species, an illustration, FAO common name(s), diagnostic characters, biology and fisheries in formation, notes on geo graphical distribution, and a distribution map. For less important species, abbreviated accounts are used. Generally, this includes the species name, FAO common name(s), an illustration, a distribution map, and notes on biology, fisheries, and distribution. Each volume concludes with its own index of scientific and common names.

An Advanced Textbook on Biodiversity

An Advanced Textbook on Biodiversity

Author: K.V. Krishnamurthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2020

Agricultural, Forestry and Bioindustry Biotechnology and Biodiscovery

Agricultural, Forestry and Bioindustry Biotechnology and Biodiscovery

Author: Pablo A. Chong Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2020

Food security, crop protection, biodiversity, and human and environmental health are among the main needs and concerns of society. Modern biotechnology and life sciences represent a constantly evolving area that is key for the rational use of natural resources - resources that in turn are indispensable for societal development. This book features the outcomes of the IV International Biotechnology and Biodiversity Congress, held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, 2018. It includes extensive reviews of the trends in agricultural and forestry biotechnology, molecules and materials biodiscovery, ethnomedicine, environmental impact and bioindustry research, describing many of these topics from the Latin America perspective and showing how the biodiversity and ancient knowledge of these countries are vital for worldwide sustainable development.

Managing Biological and Ecological Systems

Managing Biological and Ecological Systems

Author: Brian D. (Towson University) Fath Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2020

Bringing together a wealth of knowledge, Environmental Management Handbook, Second Edition, gives a comprehensive overview of environmental problems, their sources, their assessment, and their solutions. Through in-depth entries and a topical table of contents, readers will quickly find answers to questions about environmental problems and their corresponding management issues. This six-volume set is a reimagining of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Environmental Management, published in 2013, and features insights from more than 400 contributors, all experts in their field. The experience, evidence, methods, and models used in studying environmental management are presented here in six stand-alone volumes, arranged along the major environmental systems. Features The first handbook that demonstrates the key processes and provisions for enhancing environmental management Addresses new and cutting-edge topics on ecosystem services, resilience, sustainability, food-energy-water nexus, socio-ecological systems, and more Provides an excellent basic knowledge on environmental systems, explains how these systems function, and offers strategies on how to best manage them Includes the most important problems and solutions facing environmental management today In this second volume, Managing Biological and Ecological Systems, the reader is introduced to the general concepts and processes of the biosphere and all its systems. This volume explains how these systems function and provides strategies on how to best manage them. It serves as an excellent resource for finding basic knowledge on the biosphere and ecological systems and includes important problems and solutions that environmental managers face today. This book practically demonstrates the key processes, methods, and models used in studying environmental management.