New books – December 2008

Here is a short list of our latest titles in the library.  We will be posting more titles in the new year.

Andersen, R. 2008. Governing agrobiodiversity: plant genetics and developing countries. Aldershot (UK): Ashgate. xxi, 420 p. ISBN: 978-0-7546-4741-6.
Notes: Contains bibliography Pp. 373-397.

The diversity of domesticated plant varieties is disappearing at an alarming rate while the interest in the commercial use of genetic resources has increased in line with biotechnologies, followed by demands for intellectual property rights. The ensuing struggle over genetic resources has given rise to several international agreements. This book analyses the international regimes and their interaction, traces the driving forces across scales and the effects in developing countries, and identifies entry points to shape a better governance of agrobiodiversity.

Call No: 631.528(1-773) An1


Nordin, M.S.; Idris, S.; Saad, M.S. (eds.) 2008. Agrobiodiversity in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): MARDI. vi, 194 p., col. ill., tables, graphs. ISBN: 978-967-936-527-6.

This book is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of important aspects of agrobiodiversity in Malaysia: the status of its conservation and sustainable utilization, how ecosystem approach can enhance its conservation, the need to conserve traditional knowledge and the benefits derived from the development of a good information system on agrobiodiversity, and the impact of policy, regulation and legal framework on it. It covers four main components of agrobiodiversity, namely plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), animal genetic resources, arthropod and microbial resources important to agriculture.

Call No: 631.52(595) N75


Toledo, A.; Burlingame, B. (eds.) 2006. Biodiversity and nutrition: a common path. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. Vol. 19, No.s 6-7, Sept.-Nov. 2006. Special issue. New York (USA): Elsevier. 771 p., ill., tables, graphs. ISBN: 0889-1575.

This special issue contains articles on biodiversity in local and traditional food systems, on new nutrient data to underpin the sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, on diversity of fruits, nuts and their products for improving nutrient intakes, and on ecosystems and nutrition: rice-based aquatic ecosystems and dietary diversity.

Call No: 631.52:612.39 T55


Mazid, A.; Shideed, K.; Amri, A. 2008. On-farm agrobiodiversity in West Asia: status, threats and impact on rural livelihoods. Aleppo (Syria): ICARDA. iii, 60 p., tables.
Notes: Contains Executive summary.

This study provides clear indications that diversification of farming systems to include livestock, field crops and fruit trees, along with off-farm activities, are needed to conserve and sustain the use of agrobiodiversity.

Call No: 631.15(5-15) M11


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome (Italy). 2008. Climate change and food security: a framework document. Rome (Italy): FAO. 2v.
Notes: Includes summary in separate vol..

This document provides background information on the interrelationship between climate change and food security, and ways to deal with the new threat. It also shows the opportunities for the agriculture sector to adapt, as well as describing how it can contribute to mitigating the climate challenge.

Call No: 551.583:63 F68


Simopoulos, A.P.; Gopalan, C. (eds.) 2003. Plants in human health and nutrition policy. World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics Vol. 91. Basel (Switzerland): Karger. xiii, 137 p., col. ill., tables. ISBN: 3-8055-7554-8.

The present volume includes a series of studies on edible wild plants and their impact on human health. They address many diet-related problems at both ends of the socioeconomic spectrum. The book also deals with nutrition policy integrating indigenous foods against micronutrient deficiency.

Call No: 613.2:631.23 Si4


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Maintained by staff at Bioversity International Library, this blog aims to provide readers with updates on new information resources within the field of plant genetic resources (PGR), agrobiodiversity and conservation; [with a little fun thrown in as well].
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