Biodiversity: Measurement and Estimation

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Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 30, 1995 - Nature - 140 pages
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Leading experts on the field of biodiversity examine examples from a wide range of organism groups. Their approaches include the latest molecular and phylogenetic techniques through to the selection of indicator data and aspects of sampling. This paperback edition has been published for students on 'biodiversity' related courses.
 

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Contents

Preface
5
Conceptual aspects of the quantification of the extent of biological diversity
13
Biodiversity at the molecular level the domains kingdoms and phyla of life
21
The quantification of plant biodiversity through time
35
Phylogenetic pattern and the quantification of organismal biodiversity
45
Biodiversity at the molecular genetic level experiences from disparate macroorganisms
59
Theoretical and practical aspects of the quantification of biodiversity among microorganisms
65
Selecting indicator taxa for the quantitative assessment of biodiversity
75
The quantification of biodiversity an esoteric quest or a vital component of sustainable development?
81
A comparison of the efficacy of higher taxa and species numbers in the assessment of biodiversity in the neotropics
89
Estimating terrestrial biodiversity through extrapolation
101
Practical approaches to the estimation of the extent of biodiversity in speciose groups
119
Index
137
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