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Biodiversity and Sustainable Conservation
H.D. Kumar
Price: $ 79.5

The earth's most valuable resource today is the diversity of its biological capital. In a sense, biodiversity is everything because it includes all hereditary variations, at all levels of organization from the genes within a species, to the diverse species that make up a community, and to the different communities that make up the various ecosystems of the world. Therefore, we must look at ourselves closely as a biological and as cultural species, whose success is eroding the very environment to which the long evolutionary history adapted us.

This book covers the above aspects concisely in the light of our current scientific and sociobiological understanding of the biodiversity of plants, animals, microbes, aquatic and terresrial ecosystems, giving appropriate examples and illustrations. Sustainable conservation of species, habitats and germplasm is discussed with special reference to crop plants, forests, and marine resources. The value of in situ and ex situ conservation as complementary strategies is highlighted in this context.

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