Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems by Jarvis, C. Padoch and Cooper :: This book examines these various aspects of agricultural biodiversity. A number of chapters examine crop gene tic resources (chapters 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, and 16) and livestock gene tic resources (chapters 4, 5, and 17). Other chapters examine aquatic biodiversity (chapter 6), pollinator diversity (chapter 7), and soil biodiversity (chapter 8). Three chapters (9, 10, and 11) examine various aspects of the relationship between diversity and the management of pests and diseases. Chapters 12 and 13 explore farmer management of diversity in the wider context of spatial complexity and environmental and economic change. Chapter 14 looks at the contribution of diversity to diet, nutrition, and human health. Chapters 15 through 17 explore the value of genetic resources and of the ecosystem services provided by biodiversity in agricultural ecosystems.
managing biodiversity in agricultural ecosystems

Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems by Jarvis, C. Padoch and Cooper

Title: Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems
Editor: D. I. Jarvis, C. Padoch and H. D. Cooper
Edition: 1st
Publisher: University Press
Length: 508 pages
Size: 5.12 MB
Language: English
Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems takes a look at how farmers manage, maintain, and benefit from biodiversity in agricultural production systems. The volume includes 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. The volume contains perspectives that combine the thinking of social and biological scientists. Inappropriate or excessive use of inputs can cause damage to biodiversity within agricultural ecosystems and compromise future productivity. This book features numerous case studies that show how farmers have used alternative approaches to manage biodiversity to enhance the stability, resilience, and productivity of their farms, pointing the way toward improved biodiversity on a global scale. As custodians of the world’s agricultural biodiversity, farmers are fully invested in ways to create, sustain, and assist in the evolution and adaptation of a variety of plant and animal species. Thus this text is mandatory reading for conservationists, environmentalists, botanists, zoologists, geneticists, and anyone interested in the health of our ecosystem.

 

Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems

Author(s): D. I. Jarvis, C. Padoch, H. D. Cooper

Publisher: Columbia University Press :, Bioversity International, Year: 2007

ISBN: 9780231136488



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