Aquatic Biodiversity II: The Diversity of Aquatic Ecosystems

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H. Segers, K. Martens
Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 26, 2005 - Science - 390 pages
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Water is Life. Freshwater is one of the most valuable commodities on our planet, and this resource should be managed in a sustainable way. Yet, we are less than careful in the way we use water and many of our non-marine, aquatic habitats are threatened by anthropogenic impacts. Eutrophication, for example, could well turn into one of the major social as well as economic problems of the 21st century.

Reduction of water quality also has a profound effect on the biota that depend on these water bodies, such as micro-organisms, plants and animals. Freshwater Biodiversity is a much underestimated component of global biodiversity, both in its diversity and in its potential to act as models for fundamental research in evolutionary biology and ecosystem studies. Freshwater organisms also reflect quality of water bodies and can thus be used to monitor changes in ecosystem health. The present book deals with all of these aspects of Aquatic Biodiversity. It comprises a unique collection of primary research papers spanning a wide range of topics in aquatic biodiversity studies, and including a first global assessment of specific diversity of freshwater animals. The book also presents a section on the interaction between scientists and science policy managers. A target opinion paper lists priorities in aquatic biodiversity research for the next decade and several reactions from distinguished scientists discuss the relevance of these items from different points of view: fundamental ecology, taxonomy and systematics, needs of developing countries, present-day biodiversity policy at European and at global scales. It is believed that such a platform for the interaction between science and science policy is an absolute necessity for the efficient use of research budgets in the future.

 

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Contents

societal relevance and suggestions for priorities in science policy Luc De Meester Steven Declerck
1
a resource with a monetary value? Henri J Dumont
11
Anne Franklin
15
a developing country perspective Brij Gopal
19
does the real world meet scientific dreams? C Leveque EV Balian
23
Keen Martens Hendrik Segers
27
a comment on the target review by Luc De Meester and Steven Declerck Christian Sturmbauer
33
Aline van der Werf
35
Veronique Gosselain Michel Coste Stephane Campeau Luc Ector Claude Fauville1 Francis Delmas2 Markus Knoflacher5 Magdalena Licursi Frederic ...
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Md Shahidul Islam Md Abdul Wahab
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the role of differential predator avoidance CD Jamieson
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new assemblages emerge from a fast changing fauna Guy Josens Abraham Bij de Vaate Philippe UsseglioPolatera Roger Cammaerts Frederic Cherot ...
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Cyprian Katongo Stephan Koblmiiller Nina Duftner Lawrence Makasa Christian Sturmbauer
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Maria Roselia Marques Lopes Carlos E de M Bicudo M Carla Ferragut
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histological evidence from Liocypris grandis Crustacea Ostracoda Renate MatzkeKarasz Koen Martens
249
Joachim Mergeay Dirk Verschuren Luc De Meester
261

C Leveque EV Balian K Martens
39
Brij Gopal
69
investigating causal relationships S M Adams M G Ryon J G Smith
77
Calanoida in a Mexican karstic sinkhole Adrian CervantezMartinez Manuel EliasGutierrez Martha A GutierrezAguirre Alexey A Kotov
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Els R M De Roeck Tom Artois Luc Brendonck
103
the Moselle River Simon Devin JeanNicolas Beisel Philippe UsseglioPolatera JeanClaude Moreteau
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Nina Duftner Stephan Koblmiiller Steven Weiss1 Nikolaus Medgyesy Christian Sturmbauer
121
Diego Fontaneto Giulio Melone Claudia Ricci
131
W Gabriels P L M Goethals N De Pauw
137
SA Ostroumov
275
Giampaolo Rossetti Valentina Fieri Koen Martens
287
Bob Rumes Hilde Eggermont Dirk Verschuren
297
comparisons of tropical and temperate taxa S S S Sarma S Nandini R D Gulati
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Christian Sturmbauer Stephan Koblmiiller Kristina M Sefc Nina Duftner
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Takako MatsumuraTundisi Jose Galizia Tundisi
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a pilot study of six shallow lakes Frank Van de Meutter Robby Stoks Luc De Meester
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