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Biodiversity Conservation

B.B. Hosetti (Editor) A.K. Chakravarthy (Editor)

The biodiversity or biological diversity is the variety of life starting from genes to ecosystems and landscapes. The detailed concepts of types of biodiversity are explained in chapter 1. Chapter 2 deals with specific details of genetic diversity. Prof. Nameer, from Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur has contributed a chapter on biodiversity and conservation of mammals (chapter 3). The number of hotspots is being increased year after year which is sad news for wild lifers. A detailed account of two hotspots of India is narrated in chapter 4. Invasive alien species are threat to local biodiversity, a detailed account on invasive alien species of tropical region is given in chapter 5. Genetically modified crops and their diversity are given in chapter 6. Agricultural crops are affected by a variety of pests. The crop protection strategies are explained in chapter 7. In a given forest ecosystem plants and insects interact and co exists. The plant nectarines and associated insects are discussed in chapter 8. Another chapter on alien species is also incorporated (chapter 9).

Studies on parasites and predators are most interesting and complex. This aspect is covered in chapter 10. Termites are the gregarious insects having the ability to devour all the cellulose containing materials. Their diversity and density are described in chapter 11. Eriophid mites caused severe loss to coconut plantation in South India during the last one decade. This aspect is discussed by Prof. Manjunatha of University of Agricultural Sciences, Shimoga in chapter 12. Flower-bird interactions are explained by Prof. Solomon Raju in chapter 14. Chapter 15 deals with fungal biodiversity in soils of mid western ghats.

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About the author

B.B. Hosetti

B.B. Hosettti (b. 1957) M.Sc.; Ph.D. Reader and Chairman in Department of Applied Zoology, Kuvempu University, Shankarghatta, Shimoga District, Karnataka, possesses many years of experience is an outstanding teacher and researcher. He is a recipient of all the meritorial fellowship awards of CSIR, New Delhi, India (JRF, SRF and RA). He did his Ph.D. degree on the topic related to biological treatment of wastewater using waste stabilization pond process from Karnatak University, Dharwad in 1987. He has received Young Scientist Award from the Society of Biosciences, India during 1989-90 for the work on wastewater enzyme assay. Worked as visiting faculty member at the Environmental Resources Department, University of Salford, U.K. under Leverhulme Fellowship Programme during 1990-91. He has also worked at Environmental Science Programme, University of Mzssachusetts, Amherst, USA as a visiting faculty member during 2003-04. He has written six book and more than 100 research papers and reviews in national and international journals. He has been nominated as Research Board of Advisors for the for the ABI Institute for Who's Who in the World, USA. He has also successfully guided five candidates for Ph.D. degree. His special interest includes Environmental Pollution Abatement and Wildlife Management.

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Title Biodiversity Conservation
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.04.2012
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788179103609
length xi+236p., Illustrations; Maps; 25cm.