Wild Solutions / Edition 2

Wild Solutions / Edition 2

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by Andrew J. Beattie, Paul R. Ehrlich, Christine Turnbull, Christine Turnbull
     
 

In this fascinating and abundantly illustrated book, two eminent ecologists explain how the millions of species living on Earth—some microscopic, some obscure, many threatened—not only help keep us alive but also hold possibilities for previously unimagined products, medicines, and even industries. In an Afterword written especially for this edition, the

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In this fascinating and abundantly illustrated book, two eminent ecologists explain how the millions of species living on Earth—some microscopic, some obscure, many threatened—not only help keep us alive but also hold possibilities for previously unimagined products, medicines, and even industries. In an Afterword written especially for this edition, the authors consider the impact of two revolutions now taking place: the increasing rate at which we are discovering new species because of new technology available to us and the accelerating rate at which we are losing biological diversity. Also reviewed and summarized are many “new” wild solutions, such as innovative approaches to the discovery of pharmaceuticals, the “lotus effect,” the ever-growing importance of bacteria, molecular biomimetics, ecological restoration, and robotics.
“An easy read, generating a momentum of energy and excitement about the potential of the natural world to solve many of the problems that face us.”—E. J. Milner-Gulland, Nature
“Must-reading for everyone.”—Simon A. Levin, author of Fragile Dominion: Complexity and the Commons
“An engaging book clearly intended to impress upon a lay audience the practical value of biological diversity. . . . An outstanding work.”—Ecology
“A most stimulating read for all those budding science students from secondary through graduate schools.”—Science Books & Films

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300105063
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
1,315,563
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Beattie is director of the Commonwealth Key Centre for Biodiversity and Bioresources and Christine Turnbull is research associate, both at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Paul R. Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies in the department of biological sciences at Stanford University.

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Exploring a little-known planet9
3Basic survival39
4The natural Internet52
5Thirst : ecosystems and the world's water supply69
6Garbage red in tooth and claw77
7Natural enemies are best friends107
8Naturally selected125
9Miners' canaries and sentinel pigs143
10Chemical engineers161
11Blueprints and inspiration from the wild181
12Wild medicine202
13Savings and loans222

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