Biological Diversity: Exploiters and Exploited

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 23, 2011 - Science - 440 pages
Biological Diversity takes a fresh, innovative approach to the teaching of biodiversity. Rather than detailing and cataloguing the major taxa and their evolutionary relationships, the authors have selected 18 groups of organisms and used these as a framework in which to discuss the species and their interactions with man and each other. There is a strong narrative theme throughout – the exploited and the exploiters - and, in many cases, there is emphasis on the historical context. A wide range of organisms are covered, from the unicellular to birds and mammals and with an equal consideration of plants and animals. Species have been chosen for their ability to best illustrate particular biological principles, and for their strong interaction with other species.

After an introduction the book is divided into two parts: ‘Exploited’ and ‘Exploiters’. Each of the chapters, although linked to each other, forms a stand-alone essay. They are scientifically rigorous, up-to-date and do not shy away from addressing some controversial issues. Chapters have’ text boxes’ highlighting important issues and concepts, lists of further reading and references. In addition to tables and figures the book has a selection of original illustrations drawn by leading artist Steven Appleby.

This fresh approach will appeal to all those interested in the biological sciences, and aims to be accessible to people with a diversity of backgrounds. It will prove particularly useful to biology students, enabling them to get to grips with important biological principles and concepts that underpin the diversity of life, and the interrelationship of humans with other groups of organisms.


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Return to a Wood Economy?
From Exploited to Exploiter in Britain
From Exploited to Exploiter in Australia
Further Reading
What Causes Malaria?
False Hope No 1
False Hope No
Wot no Vaccine?

Bee Products
The Spread of Sericulture
Sericulture in Britain and North America
Bassi Pasteur and the Discipline of Insect Pathology
Further Reading
The Origin of Sugar Cane
The Creation of Demand for Sugar
Domestication of Legumes
Poor Mans Meatto Global Cash Crop
Further Reading
The Grapevine Plant
Managing the Grapevine
The Next Revolution in Viticulture?
The Salmon at
Salmon Farming
Further Reading
Causes and Consequences
Establishing and Regenerating Oak Woods
The Fouling Process
AntiFouling and the Rise and Fall of
AntiFouling after
Further Reading
Bracken as Provider
Bracken as Colonizer
the Fifth Face of Bracken
What are Locusts?
A Plague of Locusts
Further Reading
Yersinia Pestis
What was the Black Death? Yersinia as a Bioweapon
The Golden Bough
The Mistletoe LifeCycle
Further Reading

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About the author (2011)

Dr Paul Hatcher and Professor Nick Battey, both at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading, UK

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