Biodiversity: A Reference Handbook
This timely volume explores the multiple issues surrounding biological diversity. In addition to an overview of the major issues in biodiversity, this book features a chronology and biographical sketches of important individuals in the field. Readers also will find related statistics, documents, and illustrations, as well as a directory of organizations that includes web site addresses. A glossary and detailed listing of print and electronic sources complete an informative volume that students, librarians, policy makers, environmentalists, and others will welcome as an invaluable addition to academic and public libraries.
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JU1 species, have a variety of functions in an ecosystem. Besides being
important decomposers of waste products and dead plants and animals, bacteria
and fungi live in digestive j tracts and help some species of animals digest food.
Botanists have discovered a variety of the tomato from the Galapagos Islands that
is salt-resistant — a potentially important trait for plants grown in coastal areas
where farmland is becoming increasingly salinized (Sinking Earth 1987). In one ...
A tomato geneticist at the University of California-Davis, Dr. Charles Rick, soon
breeds the genes from one wild variety into a commercial variety and develops a
fruit with an unusually high sugar content. This improved sweetness is estimated
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KeithAkers - LibraryThing
This is a good book even if it is over a decade old. It gives a good overview of what biodiversity is. I liked the analysis of the different ways of defining biodiversity and what the threats are to ... Read full review
Biodiversity: a reference handbookUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Biological diversity, or biodiversity for short, is a hot topic. Early in this decade, only a handful of books on the subject were available; since the mid-1990s, however, as interest in such topics ... Read full review