Focus on Biodiversity Research

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Nova Publishers, 2007 - Science - 320 pages
Biological diversity, or "biodiversity," refers to the variety of all life on earth, and the complex relationships among living things, and between living things and their environment. Biodiversity includes genetic variety, species diversity, and variability in communities, ecosystems and landscapes. Biodiversity sustains the environments in which we live and on which our lives and those of every other living creature on Earth depend. Thanks to biodiversity, we are able to obtain such necessary goods as food, clothing, medicine, and fuel. Equally important are the ecosystem services that biodiversity provides, such as clean air and drinkable water. Conservation scientists have identified a number of universal threats to biodiversity: habitat loss and degradation, invasive species, pollution, overpopulation, overexploitation and consumption, and global climate change. This book examines critical issues in this field from researchers around the globe.
 

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Contents

CONSERVATION OF BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY IN AGRICULTURAL FORESTRY AND MARINE SYSTEMS
1
BIODIVERSITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE A MODELING PERSCPECTIVE
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DRUG DISCOVERY BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT A MICOROLOAN PROGRAM AT CUC PHUONG C...
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HISPANIOLAN SPIDER BIODIVERSITY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF COMBINING NEONTOLOGICAL AND PALAEONTOLOGICAL DATA ...
63
ON THE STRUCTURE OF BIODIVERSITY SOME METAPHYSICAL ESSAYS
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SPONTANEOUS PATTERNS FORMATION AND DIVERSITY IN SPATIALLY STRUCTURED EVOLUTION ECOLOGY
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CHEMOTHERAPEUTICS BRAZILIAN PLANT SPECIES AS SOURCES OF ANTITUBERCULAR AND ANTIMALARIAL CHEMOTHEREUTICS
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SPECIES TURNOVER ALONG GRADIENTS OF NET PRIMARY PRODUCTIVITY
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THE ORIGIN AND FUNCTIONS OF BIODIVERSITY IN INFECTIOUS AND NONINFECTIOUS DISEASES
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INDEX
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