Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems

Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems

by Devra Jarvis
     
 

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This volume considers how farmers manage, maintain, and benefit from biodiversity in agricultural production systems. It reflects 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

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This volume considers how farmers manage, maintain, and benefit from biodiversity in agricultural production systems. It reflects 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. Numerous case studies show how farmers have used alternative approaches to manage biodiversity and enhance the stability, resilience, and productivity of their farms. Pointing the way toward improved biodiversity on a global scale, this text is mandatory reading for conservationists, environmentalists, botanists, zoologists, geneticists, and anyone interested in the health of our ecosystem.

Columbia University Press

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Great Plains Research
This does make a good contribution to providing an array of management considerations for biological diversity in agroecosystems.

— Richard Baydack

Economic Botany
a wonderful book with a wealth of information.

— Rainer W. Bussmann

Great Plains Research - Richard Baydack

This does make a good contribution to providing an array of management considerations for biological diversity in agroecosystems.

Economic Botany - Rainer W. Bussmann

a wonderful book with a wealth of information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231136495
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/05/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Thomas K. Rudel

Assembling the efforts and expertise of a diverse and well-qualified set of authors, this book addresses a wide range of topics, yet the essays clearly cohere. The perspective is global, which will make the book the single most authoritative source to date on issues of agrobiodiversity.

Thomas K. Rudel, professor of sociology and human ecology, Rutgers University

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