Managing Biodiversity In Agricultural Ecosystems

Managing Biodiversity In Agricultural Ecosystems

by D. I. Jarvis
     
 

ISBN-10: 023113648X

ISBN-13: 9780231136488

Pub. Date: 01/01/2007

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Published in three other languages and growing, Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems takes a look at how farmers manage, maintain, and benefit from biodiversity in agricultural production systems. The volume includes the most recent research and developments in the maintenance of local diversity at the genetic, species, and ecosystem levels.

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Published in three other languages and growing, Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems takes a look at how farmers manage, maintain, and benefit from biodiversity in agricultural production systems. The volume includes the most recent research and developments in the maintenance of local diversity at the genetic, species, and ecosystem levels. Chapters cover the assessment and farmer management practices for crop, livestock, aquatic, and associated diversity (such as pollinators and soil microorganisms) in agricultural ecosystems; examine the potential role of diversity in minimizing pest and disease pressures; and present studies that exemplify the potential nutritional, ecosystem service, and financial values of this diversity under changing economic and environmental conditions. The volume contains perspectives that combine the thinking of social and biological scientists.

Inappropriate or excessive use of inputs can cause damage to biodiversity within agricultural ecosystems and compromise future productivity. This book features numerous case studies that show how farmers have used alternative approaches to manage biodiversity to enhance the stability, resilience, and productivity of their farms, pointing the way toward improved biodiversity on a global scale. As custodians of the world's agricultural biodiversity, farmers are fully invested in ways to create, sustain, and assist in the evolution and adaptation of a variety of plant and animal species. Thus this text is mandatory reading for conservationists, environmentalists, botanists, zoologists, geneticists, and anyone interested in the health of our ecosystem.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231136488
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Pages:
514
Product dimensions:
1.13(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsContributors1. Biodiversity Agriculture and Ecosystem Services2. Measuring Managing and Maintaining Crop Genetic Diversity3. An Entry Point to Crop Genetic Diversity 4. Seed Systems and Crop Genetic Diversity in Agroecosystems of Livestock Genetic Resources 5. Measures of Diversity as Inputs for Decisions in Conservation of Livestock Genetic Resources6. Management of Farm Animal Ge ne tic Resources: Change and Interaction7. Aquatic Biodiversity in Rice- Based Ecosystems8. Pollinator Services9. Management of Soil Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems10. Diversity and Pest Management in Agroecosystems: Some Perspectives from Ecology11. Managing Crop Disease in Traditional Agroecosystems: Benefits and Hazards of Genetic Diversity12. Crop Variety Diversification for Disease Control13. Managing Biodiversity in Spatially and Temporally Complex Agricultural Landscapes14. Diversity and Innovation in Smallholder Systems in Response to Environmental and Economic Changes15. Agrobiodiversity, Diet, and Human Health16. Comparing the Choices of Farmers and Breeders: The Value of Rice Landraces in Nepal17. Economics of Livestock Genetic Resources Conservation and Sustainable Use: State of the Art18. Ecological and Economic Roles of Biodiversity in AgroecosystemsIndex

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