Biodiversity

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John Wiley and Sons, 2003 - Science - 284 pages
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Biodiversity provides an overview of the current knowledge about the diversity of the living world and the various problems associated with its conservation and sustainable use. Covering both the fundamentals of the subject, along with the latest research, Biodiversity presents key conservation issues within a framework of global case studies.

Starting with an overview of the concept of biodiversity, the text then explores such subjects as species richness, ecological systems, the consequences of human activities, diversity and human health, genetic resources, biotechnology and conservation.

Focusing on human relationships with other species and the natural environment, Biodiversity is essential reading for all biologists, ecologists, geographers and environmental scientists needing a concise, up-to-date introduction to this interdisciplinary subject.

  • comprehensive introduction to key issues surrounding the study of biodiversity.
  • extensive bibliography and references to numerous relevant websites.
  • introduces current research in the field within a framework of useful case studies.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
what do we know?
13
The mechanisms at work in the diversification of life
39
Biodiversity Christian Leveque and JeanClaude Mounolou
73
Biological diversity and the functioning
97
functioning
103
The dynamics of biological diversity and
131
The dynamics of biological diversity and implications
165
Genetic resources and biotechnology
185
the value and use of biological diversity
207
The conservation of biodiversity
225
A conclusion of sorts
267
References and further reading
275
Index
281
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