Plant Resources for Food, Fuel and Conservation

Plant Resources for Food, Fuel and Conservation

by Robert Henry
     
 

Agriculture and food production have a large footprint on the landscape globally and compete for space with land for nature conservation. This book explores the competition between the food needs of a growing human population and the conservation of biodiversity as intensified by the emerging use of crops for energy production.

As concern about the impact of

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Overview

Agriculture and food production have a large footprint on the landscape globally and compete for space with land for nature conservation. This book explores the competition between the food needs of a growing human population and the conservation of biodiversity as intensified by the emerging use of crops for energy production.

As concern about the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on climate grows and oil prices increase, energy production from agricultural crops has become a significant industry. At the same time, growth in food demand due to population growth has been accelerated by growing affluence associated with economic growth in major developing countries increasing per capita consumption. Consumers are concerned that the price of food will continue to increase sharply as a result of this competition but a loss of biodiversity may be another major outcome. Drawing on his expertise in plant conservation genetics, the author provides a balanced appraisal of the potential for developing new or improved crops for food or bioenergy production in the context of climate change, while at the same time protecting biodiversity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844077212
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Henry is Director of the Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics at Southern Cross University, Australia. He is the author or editor of several books on plant molecular biology, genetics, evolution and biodiversity.

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes vii

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xiii

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations xv

1 Plants for Food, Energy and the Environment 1

2 Plant Resources for Food and Fibre 7

3 Impact of Climate Change on Food and Fibre Production 37

4 Energy Resources 47

5 Plant Resources for Bio-energy and Chemical Feedstock Uses 53

6 Competition between Food and Fuel Production 81

7 Plants, Biodiversity and the Environment 91

8 Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity 109

9 Competition between Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation 115

10 Domestication of New Species 125

11 Options for the Future 143

References and Further Reading 163

Index 175

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