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Frontiers in Biodiversity Studies
Frontiers in Biodiversity Studies

Tags: Frontiers in Biodiversity Studies, Life Sciences, Agriculture, Devarajan Thangadurai, Carlos Alberto Busso, Luis Gerardo Abarca Arena, Sangeetha Jayabalan

Frontiers in Biodiversity Studies

To use biodiversity components sustainably, to maintain ecosystem functions that provide goods and services, to conserve, protect and restore the natural world to halt biodiversity loss, it is vital to understand and conserve the diversity of life on earth through research, education and outreach. Several international initiatives such as BIOTA, ERA-Nets, CBD, DIVERSITAS, GBIF, GTI, MEA, GEOSS and GEO promote scientific research, conservation and sustainable development of available biodiversity components in the recent years, as the present form of globalization has heavily been criticized for ignoring sustainable development and environmental concerns. More recently, helping species and ecosystems to survive becomes practically more difficult.

The remarkable discovery of new species shows that there is still much to discover and makes conservation more important for the future generations. There has now been increasingly substantial and largely irreversible loss in the diversity of life on earth, currently threatened with extinction due to anthropogenic activities. Recently, IUCN notes that 1 bird out of 8, 1 mammal out of 4, 1 amphibian out of 3, and 6 marine turtles out of 7, are all threatened with extinction. One of the most comprehensive and recent study estimates that over a million species often within the borders of a single country will be lost in the next five decades. And so, assessing the causes and consequences of loss of biodiversity and the importance of conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity are the major challenges essential for our very survival on the earth.

Frontiers in Biodiversity Studies has wide range of such topics including the biodiversity of aquatic mollusks, freshwater ciliates, wild legumes, dipterans, coastal and freshwater fishes, mangroves, phytopathogenic fungi, terrestrial heteropterans and insect communities, habitat loss, fragmentation, land use-land cover change, ecological agriculture, ecosystem services and their value to society. The updated reviews serve as capital in supporting food security, agricultural productivity and environmental management for the ever increasing global population in the 21st century. And so, this book should be an excellent reference work for natural scientists, environmentalists, conservationists, taxonomists, biodiversity professionals, policy makers, stakeholders and anyone working on biodiversity research and applications.

Preface
1. Species diversity of aquatic molluscs in mountain lakes of the Eastern Alps in
     Austria: An exemplary study
2. The chasmogamous/cleistogamous mixed breeding system, a widespread and evolutionarily
     successful reproductive strategy in angiosperms
3. Ecological agriculture: Strategy for sustainable development 
4. Freshwater Ciliates (Protozoa, Ciliophora) from Argentina: An annotated and updated
     compilation 
5. Towards the integration of culture collections
6. Higher-taxa as surrogates for species richness in terrestrial heteropterans of South 
     American grasslands
7. Improvement in conservation value of insect communities in South Patagonian forests
     managed with variable retention 
8. Legume diversity in the extra Andean Patagonia
9. Physiological and morphological traits of Trichloris crinita in the semi-arid zones
     of Argentina 
10. Physiological traits on Osmorhiza depauperata, a biodiversity component in the 
        Nothofagus forests of Southern Patagonia 
11. Dipteran diversity in cattle pastures and rangelands of Washington State, USA 
12. Distribution and biogeographical notes of coastal fish fauna of Veracruz, Mexico
13. Seasonal analysis of the ichthyofauna at three subsystems of the Alvarado lagoon, 
        Veracruz, Mexico 
14. Habitat loss and fragmentation in landscapes of the Ramsar site, Alvarado lagoon 
        system 
15. The mangrove forests of Mexico: Transformation, conservation and threats 
16. Trends of land use-land cover change in a complex tropical wetlands landscape: The 
        case of the Chetumal, Mexico and Corozal Bay, Belize
17. An annotated checklist of Crotalaria L. (Fabaceae) in India 
18. Fish distributional patterns in Greek rivers 
19. The diversity and distribution of Pleospora (Pleosporaceae) in Maharashtra, India
20. Diversity of phytopathogenic conidial fungi of protected nature territories in 
        Ukraine: Study toward elaboration of conservation strategy Subject 
Index

• A compilation of 20 selected articles, the book presents the common view that biodiversity serves as capital in supporting food security, agricultural productivity, and environmental       management.
• Studies and their results on some of the important megadiversity regions and ecological hotspots have been presented.
• Provides case studies to describe some of the challenges, and ways to conserve biodiversity.
• Contributed by 53 eminent scientists and academicians from across the globe.

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