Plant Identification: Creating User-Friendly Field Guides for Biodiversity Management

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Routledge, Jun 17, 2013 - Nature - 256 pages
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An important prerequisite for successful conservation is a good understanding of what we seek to conserve. Nowhere is this more the case than in the fight to protect plant biodiversity, which is threatened by human activity in many regions worldwide. This book is written in the belief that tools that enable more people to understand biodiversity can not only aid protection efforts but also contribute to rural livelihoods. Among the most important of those tools is the field guide. Plant Identification provides potential authors of field guides with practical advice about all aspects of producing user-friendly guides which help to identify plants for the purposes of conservation, sustainable use, participatory monitoring or greater appreciation of biodiversity. The book draws on both scientific and participatory processes, supported by the experience of contributors from across the tropics. It presents a core process for producing a field guide, setting out key steps, options and techniques available to the authors of a guide and, through illustration, helps authors choose methods and media appropriate to their context.
 

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Contents

Why do we need field guides?
1
Principles purpose people and process
11
3 Planning and budgeting
23
4 Plant names and botanical publication
61
Keys and other access methods
91
6 Plant characters suitable for field guides
121
Finding it and presenting it
151
8 Illustration
183
9 Testing the field guide
215
10 Publishing the field guide
235
List of acronyms and abbreviations
249
References
251
Index
261
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Anna Lawrence leads the Human Ecology Research Programme at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute. William Hawthorne is a freelance tropical forest botanist and ecologist, and a senior research associate in the Department of Plant Sciences, Oxford University.

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