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Overview


Natural history has always been the foundation of conservation biology. For centuries, botanists collected specimens in the field to understand plant diversity; now that many habitats are threatened, botanists have turned their focus to conservation, and, increasingly, they look to the collections of museums, herbaria, and botanical gardens for insight on developing informed management programs. Plant Conservation explores the value of these collections in light of contemporary biodiversity studies.

Plant Conservation opens with a broad view of plant biodiversity and then considers evolutionary and taxonomic threats and consequences of habitat alteration; specific threats to plant diversity, such as invasive species and global climate change; consequences of plant population decline at the ecological, evolutionary, and taxonomic levels; and, finally, management strategies that protect plant biodiversity from further decline. With a unique perspective on biodiversity and scientific collections, Plant Conservation ultimately emphasizes the role museums and botanical gardens will play in future conservation.

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Science
Written predominantly by systematists and taxonomists, the volume offers a very useful perspective on the complex issues of plant conservation and the debates over what must be done to preserve botanical diversity. Many readers will find the early chapters on the evolutionary context of plant diversity especially informative and the geographic and taxonomic case studies fascinating. . . . Krupnick, Kress, and the contributors have produced an excellent overview that will serve as both a reference for conservation professionals and a great resource for university teaching.

— Mike Maunder

Austral Ecology
[The book] provides substantial food for thought for students of terrestrial and aquatic ecology, botany, biology, environmental studies and those involved in wildlife biology and natural resource management. . . . As a botanical ecologist, I found the book insightful, logically structured and well written and I would recommend it as an academic text and as a good read for those with a background and interest in plant conservation.

— Elizabeth A. Daley

Bioscience
[This book] reveals a wealth of information about the organization of biological diversity from a global perspective and demonstrates the important contributions that herbaria, botanical gardens, and museums are making to this effort. In the process, it reveals how little we know about the very problem so many are trying to adddress, and highlights the importance of scientifically sound information as a baseline and an imnpetus for future research and concervation action.

— Brian C. Husband

Science - Mike Maunder
"Written predominantly by systematists and taxonomists, the volume offers a very useful perspective on the complex issues of plant conservation and the debates over what must be done to preserve botanical diversity. Many readers will find the early chapters on the evolutionary context of plant diversity especially informative and the geographic and taxonomic case studies fascinating. . . . Krupnick, Kress, and the contributors have produced an excellent overview that will serve as both a reference for conservation professionals and a great resource for university teaching."
Austral Ecology - Elizabeth A. Daley
"[The book] provides substantial food for thought for students of terrestrial and aquatic ecology, botany, biology, environmental studies and those involved in wildlife biology and natural resource management. . . . As a botanical ecologist, I found the book insightful, logically structured and well written and I would recommend it as an academic text and as a good read for those with a background and interest in plant conservation."
Bioscience - Brian C. Husband
"[This book] reveals a wealth of information about the organization of biological diversity from a global perspective and demonstrates the important contributions that herbaria, botanical gardens, and museums are making to this effort. In the process, it reveals how little we know about the very problem so many are trying to adddress, and highlights the importance of scientifically sound information as a baseline and an imnpetus for future research and concervation action."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226455129
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Gary A. Krupnick is director of the plant conservation unit and W. John Kress is a research scientist and chairman of the Department of Botany at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Ch. 1 Evolution of land plant diversity : major innovations and lineages through time 3
Ch. 2 Diversity and distribution of plants
Terrestrial plant diversity 15
Marine plant diversity 25
Ch. 3 Plant extinctions
A paleontological perspective on plant extinctions 43
Current plant extinctions : chiaroscuro in shades of green 54
Ch. 4 Case studies in select tropical and subtropical habitats
The Ecuadorian Andes 69
The Ramal de Guaramacal in the Venezuelan Andes 72
The Guiana shield 76
Pacific oceanic islands 79
The Gaoligong Mountains of Southwest China and Northeast Myanmar 86
Ch. 5 Case studies among select taxonomic groups
Dinoflagellates : phylum Dinoflagellata 93
Lichens : phylum Ascomycota 97
Mosses : phylum Bryophyta 102
Grasses : family Poaceae 104
Day flowers : family Commelinaceae 108
Acanthus : family Acanthaceae 112
Daisies and sunflowers : family Asteraceae 115
African violets : family Gesneriaceae 124
Litchis and rambutans : family Sapindaceae 127
Ch. 6 Habitat fragmentation and degradation
Forest fragments and tropical plant reproduction in Amazonian Brazil 141
Habitat alteration in the Caribbean : natural and human-induced 147
Habitat loss : the extreme case of Madagascar 151
Degradation of algae in coral reefs 155
Alteration of kelp communities in the northwestern North Atlantic 161
Ch. 7 Invasive species 176
Ch. 8 Global climate change : the spring temperate flora 185
Ch. 9 Genetic consequences of reduced diversity : heterozygosity loss, inbreeding depression, and effective population size 194
Ch. 10 Mapping biological diversity
Herbarium collections, floras, and checklists 209
Hot spots and ecoregions 218
Phylogenetic considerations 223
Ch. 11 Assessing conservation status
Genetic assessment methods for plant conservation biology 237
Species assessment : the IUCN red list 241
Community assessment : rapid assessment teams 247
Ch. 12 Management strategies
Ex situ conservation of plants 257
A proposed sustainable coral-reef management model 262
Application of a seagrass management model 270
Ch. 13 Laws and treaties : is the Convention on Biological Diversity protecting plant diversity? 286
Ch. 14 Grassroots conservation 294
Conclusion : documenting and conserving plant diversity in the future 313
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