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Global Biodiversity: The Library of Life and the Secret of Human Existence on Earth

Rajiv K. Sinha (Author)
Synopsis Study of biodiversity--the wide variety of plants, animals and microscopic life of earth upon which depends the human existence is gaining importance all over the world especially after the discovery of some "miracle food and medicinal plants from the wild" and after the realization that several valuable species were getting extinct (permanently lost) from the face of the earth even without being discovered. Only next to the atomic war there is probably no more serious environmental threat to mankind today, than the continued decay of the genetic viability of our "crop plants". Global biodiversity was one of the key issues of debate at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, which led to the formation of two distinct blocks of "biological powers" --the North nations rich in "biotechnology", and the South nations rich in "biodiversity". The book covers a wide range of issues on biodiversity--the strategies of conservation; the causes and consequences of erosion; the global biodiversity convention and the question of rights and access to the genetic resources; the role of indigenous communities of world in biodiversity conservation and prospecting and revelation of their usefulness to modern human society. Special feature of the book include the state of the crop genetic diversity and the wildlife diversity in the Indian sub-continent and their ecological status; the conservation of biodiversity through "faith and tradition" in India, and the unique biodiversity of the Thar desert ecosystem in India.
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About the author

Rajiv K. Sinha

Dr. Rajiv K. Sinha, Ph.D., is currently ‘Senior Research Fellow’ at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He started his career as a lecturer in ‘botany’ at A.N. College, Patna in 1971, after completing his Master’s at Patna University. He did his Ph.D. from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, where he taught ‘human ecology’ and ‘environmental sciences’ from 1988 to 1999 before shifting to Australia. Dr. Sinha has published over 70 papers and 9 books to date. He has supervised 7 Ph.D. scholars and over 100 PG students, a number of them on issues related to sustainable agriculture. He is a well traveled scholar and has visited Canada, England, Germany, Iceland and Switzerland in academic connections.

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Bibliographic information

Title Global Biodiversity: The Library of Life and the Secret of Human Existence on Earth
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.02.2007
Edition 2nd ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186653031
length xvi+396p., Tables; Figures