Biodiversity and Global Change

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The loss of biodiversity of organisms and the effects of global change (including changes in soil, water, vegetation and atmosphere) are two major issues that confront today's biologists and environmental scientists. The objective of this book is to assess biodiversity loss in the context of global change.
The first three chapters deal with organizations, political and general questions. These are followed by consideration of the meaning and practical consequences of complexity...
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The loss of biodiversity of organisms and the effects of global change (including changes in soil, water, vegetation and atmosphere) are two major issues that confront today's biologists and environmental scientists. The objective of this book is to assess biodiversity loss in the context of global change.
The first three chapters deal with organizations, political and general questions. These are followed by consideration of the meaning and practical consequences of complexity and non-linearity, the significance for biodiversity studies of advances in molecular biology and population genetics, and interactions between biota and the atmosphere. The third part of the book assesses overall biodiversity and biodiversity in microorganisms, marine systems, terrestrial systems and in the past. Three chapters dealing with the management of biodiversity conclude the book, which addresses a topical issue, of interest to a wide range of biological and environmental scientists.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780851989310
  • Publisher: CABI
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Series: Cabi Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Foreword to the Revised Edition
Preface 1
1 The Role of the International Council of Scientific Unions in Biodiversity and Global Change Research 3
2 Towards Biodiversity in Politics 9
3 Biodiversity: An Introduction 13
4 Dynamical Systems, Biological Complexity, and Global Change 21
5 Biodiversity at the Molecular Level 33
6 Genetic Diversity and Its Role in the Survival of Species 41
7 The Geophysical Aspects of Biodiversity 57
8 Past Efforts and Future Prospects Towards Understanding How Many Species There Are 71
9 Biodiversity in Microorganisms and its Role in Ecosystem Function 85
10 Evolutionary Outline of Living Organisms as Deduced from 5S Ribosomal RNA Sequences 97
11 The Role of Biodiversity in Marine Ecosystems 107
12 The Role of Mammal Biodiversity in the Function of Ecosystems 133
13 The Role of Biodiversity in the Functioning of Savanna Ecosystems 141
14 Global Change, Shifting Ranges and Biodiversity in Plant Ecosystems 161
15 Shifting Ranges and Biodiversity in Animal Ecosystems 169
16 Life-History Attributes and Biodiversity 175
17 Global Change and Alien Invasions: Implications for Biodiversity and Protected Area Management 199
18 Human Aspects of Biodiversity: An Evolutionary Perspective 211
Index 225
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