Published in three other languages and growing, 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.
This does make a good contribution to providing an array of management considerations for biological diversity in agroecosystems.
a wonderful book with a wealth of information.
Rainer W. Bussmann
Biodiversity Agriculture and Ecosystem Services 1
Measuring Managing and Maintaining Crop Genetic Diversity 13
An Entry Point to Crop Genetic Diversity 34
Seed Systems and Crop Genetic Diversity in Agroecosystems 77
of Livestock Genetic Resources 117
Aquatic Biodiversity in RiceBased Ecosystems 183
Pollinator Services 200
Crop Variety Diversif1cation for Disease Control 320
Managing Biodiversity in Spatially and Temporally Complex 338
Diversity and Innovation in Smallholder Systems in Response 362
Agrobiodiversity Diet and Human Health 382
The Value 407
Economics of Livestock Genetic Resources Conservation 426
Ecological and Economic Roles of Biodiversity 446