Applied Population Biology / Edition 1

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An increasing variety of biological problems involving resource management, conservation and environmental quality have been dealt with using the principles of population biology (defined to include population dynamics, genetics and certain aspects of community ecology). There appears to be a mixed record of successes and failures and almost no critical synthesis or reviews that have attempted to discuss the reasons and ways in which population biology, with its remarkable theoretical as well as experimental advances, could find more useful application in agriculture, forestry, fishery, medicine and resource and environment management. This book provides examples of state-of-the-art applications by a distinguished group of researchers in several fields. The diversity of topics richly illustrates the scientific and economic breadth of their discussions as well as epistemological and comparative analysis by the authors and editors. Several principles and common themes are emphasized and both strengths and potential sources of uncertainty in applications are discussed. This volume will hopefully stimulate new interdisciplinary avenues of problem-solving research.
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From a series of seminars at the University of California, Davis, in the spring of 1986, a dozen reports on the successes and problems of applying the techniques of population biology in a wide range of fields. Among the topics are genetic conservation in captive populations and endangered species, rare plants, intrusive weeds, the control of helminth infections of veterinary importance, and adaptive policy design in fisheries management. Primarily for practitioners of population biology, but some of the studies might interest general ecologists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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'...I enthusiastically recommend this book to all interested in population biology, applied or basic. Its greatest impact will probably be on academic researchers,....' Ecology 74:4 1993
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792314257
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 11/9/2007
  • Series: Monographiae Biologicae Series, #67
  • Edition description: 1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 295
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Population biology and its application to practical problems 1
2 The biology of land restoration 25
3 Genetic conservation in captive populations and endangered species 45
4 Population biology and conservation of rare plants 69
5 Genetics of weed invasions 91
6 Population management in new plant breeding approaches 121
7 The population dynamics and control of the parasitic nematode Trichostrogylus tenuis in red grouse in the North of England 149
8 Population biology of helminth infections of veterinary importance and its relevance to control 173
9 Ecological theory and biological control 197
10 Habitat fragmentation, species diversity, extinction, and the design of nature reserves 223
11 Perspectives on adaptive policy design in fisheries management 249
12 Applying the principles of population biology: Assessment and recommendations 263
List of contributors 287
Index 289
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