New books – February 2009

Here is a listing of new books that we have in our library collection.  Enjoy!

Iriondo, J.M.; Maxted, N.; Dulloo, M.E. (eds.) 2008.  Conserving plant genetic diversity in protected areas: population management of crop wild relatives. Wallingford (UK): CABI. xiii, 212 p., ill., col. plates, tables.  ISBN: 978-1-84593-282-4.

Providing a long awaited synthesis of new methodologies which have been adapted to provide in situ conservation through the establishment of genetic reserves within the existing network of protected areas, this book presents a practical set of management guidelines that can be used for the conservation of plant genetic diversity of crop wild relatives both inside and outside of protected areas.

Call No: 631.52 Ir1


Maxted, N.; Iriondo, J.M.; Dulloo, E.; Ford-Lloyd, B.V.; Kell, S.P.; Turok, J. (eds.) 2008. Crop wild relative conservation and use. Wallingford (UK): CABI. xxvii, 682 p., tables, maps. ISBN: 978-1-84593-099-8.

Through an examination of the national, regional and global context of crop wild relatives, this authoritative text presents methodologies and case studies that review and provide recommendations for global CWR conservation and use. Topics include the establishment of conservation priorities and strategies, threat assessment, genetic erosion and genetic pollution, information management and conventional and novel CWR uses. Demonstrating the fundamental link between biodiversity conservation and its exploitation, this book provides key information for specialists in conservation, botany, plant breeding and ecology, as well as policy makers, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and farmers.

Call No: 631.526 M45


Thijssen, M.H.; Bishaw, Z.; Beshir, A.; De Boef, W.S. (eds.) 2008.  Farmers, seeds and varieties: supporting informal seed supply in Ethiopia. Wageningen (The Netherlands): Wageningen International. 347 p., tables. ISBN: 978-90-8585-215-5.

This book addresses strategies and approaches through which professionals can support informal seed supply, and links these with the conservation and use of the huge genetic resource base of crops and local varieties in Ethiopia. It looks at informal seed supply from a number of different angles, introduces key concepts and strategies, and presents case studies from Ethiopia and other countries.

Call No: 631.53(630) T32

Nabhan, G.P. 2009.  Where our food comes from: retracing Nikolay Vavilov’s quest to end famine. Washington, DC (USA): Island Press. xxiii, 223 p., front., map, ill., col. plates. ISBN: 978-1-59726-399-3.

In this book the author weaves together Vavilov’s extraordinary story with his own expeditions to Earth’s richest agricultural landscapes and the cultures that tend them. Retracing Vavilov’s path from Mexico and the Colombian Amazon to the glaciers of the Pamirs in Tajikistan, he draws a vibrant portrait of changes that have occurred since Vavilov’s time and why they matter.

Call No: 581.9:641 N11


Nabhan, G.P. 2002.  Coming home to eat: the pleasures and politics of local foods. New York (USA): Norton. 330 p. ISBN: 978-0-393-32374-0.

The author reminds us that eating close to home is not just a matter of convenience – it is an act of deep cultural and environmental significance. He writes of his long campaign to raise awareness about food – as an avid gardener, as an ethnobotanist preserving seed diversity, and as an activist devoted to recovering native food traditions in the Southwest.

Call No: 641:392.8(739.1) N111


Henry, R.J. 2008.  Plant genotyping II: SNP technology. Wallingford (UK): CABI. ix, 285 p., tables, graphs, diagrs. ISBN: 978-1-84593-382-1.

Recent developments in plant DNA analysis focus on high-throughput methods and generally target single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) discovery and analysis. SNPs represent the most common form of genetic variation in both plants and animals and play a key role in revealing the molecular mechanisms underlying traits. This work describes some of the important recent developments in this field, with the main focus on SNPs. Contributions cover the discovery, analysis and uses of SNPs, while also examining other approaches to plant genotyping.

Call No: 631.52 H391


Edison, S.; Unnikrishnan, M.; Vimala, B.; et al. (eds.) Central Tuber Crops Research Inst., Sreekariyam (India). 2006.  Biodiversity of tropical tuber crops in India. Chennai (India) : National Biodiversity Authority. 60 p., col. ill., tables.

In India, root and tuber crops are the most important food crops after cereals. The Central Tuber Crops Research Institute initiated the collection of tubercrops germplasm and wild relatives from all over India in 1963, to ensure the safe conservation and sustainable use of plant biodiversity which is essential for meeting the present and future needs of tuber crop improvement.

Call No: 631.573(540) Ed1


Van Andel, J.; Aronson, J. (eds.) 2005.  Restoration ecology: the new frontier. Oxford (UK): Blackwell. x, 319 p., ill., tables, graphs. ISBN: 978-0-632-05834-1.

This book explores the interface between restoration ecology and ecological restoration, and aims at introducing Masters and PhD students, teachers, researchers and natural-resource managers to interactions between theory and practice. It challenges ecologists to explore the applicability of current theories and concepts, recognizing that these have not been developed with such applications in mind. The academic foundations of restoratin ecology are revisited for this purpose, to pave the way towards a review of the causes of successes and failures and to identify the perspectives of ecological restoration in different ecosystem types.

Call No: 502.174 V26


Benson, T.; Minot, N.; Pender, J.; Robles, M.; Von Braun, J. International Food Policy Research Inst. (IFPRI), Washington, DC (USA). 2008. Global food crises: monitoring and assessing impact to inform policy responses. Washington, DC (USA): IFPRI. viii, 40 p., tables. ISBN: 978-0-89629-533-9.
Notes: Contains Executive Summary.

The current world food crisis has revealed serious deficiencies in the information available for guiding policy responses at global and national levels. This report seeks to support national governments, as well as international development partners that assist country-level actions, with the information and tools they require to assess the impact of the food crisis and to design and implement policy responses to it.

Call No: 338.439:316.776 B43


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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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