Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems

December 17th, 2009

Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems is edited by D. I. Jarvis (Bioversity International), C. Padoch (The New York Botanical Garden), and H. D. Cooper (Convention on Biological Diversity). It explores how farmers manage, maintain, and benefit from biodiversity in agricultural production systems and takes a look at the most recent research and developments in the maintenance of local diversity at the genetic, species, and ecosystem levels. The book also examines 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. 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. It is a mandatory read for conservationists, environmentalists, botanists, zoologists, geneticists, and anyone interested in the health of our ecosystem.