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Plant Identification: Creating User-Friendly Field Guides for Biodiversity Management

Overview

* Written by the leading experts in the field
for use by non-experts
* Practical guide with step-by-step explanations including clearly drawn diagrams and illustrations
* Universal principles that can be applied in all environments worldwide


In order to manage, use, and conserve plants, we need to improve communication of useful information about them. For this, accurate identification using field guides is important. This book provides potential authors of field guides with an understanding of the issues and methods suitable for producing user-friendly guides which help to identify plants for the purposes of conservation, sustainable use, participatory monitoring, or greater appreciation of biodiversity.
The book draws on both scientific and participatory processes, supported by the experience of contributors from across the tropics. It presents a core process for producing a field guide, setting out key steps, options, and techniques available to the authors of a guide, and, through illustration, helps authors choose methods and media appropriate to their context.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136559730
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

1 Identifying biodiversity : why do we need field guides? 1
2 Producing a successful guide : principles, purpose, people and process 11
3 Planning and budgeting
4 Plant names and botanical publication 61
5 Identification : keys and other access methods 91
6 Plant characters suitable for field guides 121
7 Information : finding it and presenting it 151
8 Illustration 183
9 Testing the field guide 215
10 Publishing the field guide 235
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