New books – March 2010

Here is a a selected list of new titles that we have at Bioversity HQ Library.  Enjoy!

Andersson, M.S; de Vincete, C. (2010) Gene flow between crops and their relatives. Baltimore, Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press. xv, 564 p. ISBN: 978-0-8018-9314-8.

This book provides the scientific basis for assessing the likelihood of gene flow among 20 important crops and their wild relatives. This comprehensive review is required reading for anyone who needs to make informed decisions on the implications of planting genetically modified crops in the vicinity of their wild counterparts. The crops discussed in the book include both major staple crops and minor crops that are nonetheless critical to food security. Among the crops reviewed are barley, corn, cotton, cowpea, wheat, pearl millet, and rice. One chapter is devoted to each of the crops, detailing crop-specific information and relevant factors for assessing the probability of gene flow. The crop-specific reviews provide insights into the possible ecological implications of gene escape. For each crop, a full-color world map shows the modeled distributions of crops and wild relatives. These maps offer readers, at a glance, a means of evaluating areas of possible gene flow.

Call No:    604.6:633/635 An2

Hawksworth, D.L. (ed.) (2010)  Management and the conservation of biodiversity. Topics in Biodiversity and Conservation v.10. London (UK): Springer. viii, 351 p. ISBN: 978-90-481-3844-9.

This book brings together a selection of 21 original studies submitted to Biodiversity and Conservation that address aspects of management for the conservation of biodiversity. The topics addressed include: lessons from the Northern spotted owl saga, hidden costs of implementing the EU Habitats Directive, the importance of recently created agricultural wetlands, cutting reeds to create a sustainable habitat, impacts and control of feral cats, selecting areas to complement existing reserve systems, beneficial effects of rabbit warrens, effects of fences on large predator ranges, spatial structure of critical habitats and connectivity, effects of an agro-pasture landscape on biodiversity, community involvement, reserve selection in forests, germ-plasm interventions in agroforestry systems, shade coffee plantations and the protection of tree diversity, reserves and the reduction of deforestation rates in dry tropical forests, reconciling forest conservation actions with usage by and needs of local peoples, weed invasion in understory plant communities in tropical lowland forests, problems of patch area and connectivity in plant conservation, the need not to focus just on hot-spots, and partitioning conservation across elevations.

Call No:    502.13 H31

Henry, R.J. (2010)  Plant resources for food, fuel, and conservation. London and Sterling: Earthscan. xii, 182 p. ISBN: 978-1-84407-721-2.

Agriculture and food production have a large footprint on the landscape globally and compete for space with land for nature conservation. This book explores the competition between the food needs of a growing human population and the conservation of biodiversity as intensified by the emerging use of crops for energy production.

Call No:    581.6 H39
Jenks, M.A.; Wood, A.J. (eds.) (2010) Genes for plant abiotic stress. Oxford (UK): Wiley-Blackwell.
xiii, 314 p. ISBN: 978-0-8138-1502-2/2010.

This book integrates a broad cross-section of scientific knowledge and expertise around the key genetic determinants of plant abiotic stress adaptation, with gene function discussed in a way that bridges the physiological, biochemical, developmental , and molecular levels, and gives special consideration to the importance of signaling networks.

Call No:    631.528 J41

Lipper, L.; Anderson Leigh, C.; Dalton, T.J. (eds.) (2010)  Seed trade in rural markets: implications for crop diversity and agricultural development. London (UK): Earthscan. xxiii, 232 p. ISBN: 978-1-844407-785-4.

The book provides a critical link between the study of agricultural biodiversity and the economics of market development across several low-income nations.

Call No:    631.53:338.439 L66

Maffi, L.; Woodley, E. (2010) Biocultural diversity conservation: a global sourcebook. London (UK): Earthscan. xxii, 282 p. ISBN: 978-1-84407-921-6.

The book is the outcome of a project carried out overal several years by Terralingua: the Global Sourcebook on Biocultural Diversity. The author’s goal was to identify projects that take an integrated , synergic  approach to sustaining local cultures and biodiversity.

Call No:    502.17 M26

Worboys, G.L.; Francis, W.L.; Lockwood, M. (eds.) (2010)  Connectivity conservation management: a global guide. London (UK): Earthscan. xxxiv, 382 p. ISBN: 978-1-84407-604-8.

This book is about managing terrestrial conncectivity conservation areas. Its primary purpose is to help conserve nature and species on Earth for the long term. Its primary focus on how to establish and manage these large-scale essentially natural lands to achieve conservation outcomes.

Call No:    502.211 G75

Kamu, E. C.; Winter, G. (eds.) (2009) Genetic resources, traditional knowledge and the law: solutions for access and benefit sharing . London (UK): Earthscan. xxxiii, 494 p. ISBN: 978-1-

Call No:    347.77 K12
Shackleton, C.M.; Pasquini, M.W.; Drescher, A.W. (eds.) (2009)  African indigenous vegetables in urban agriculture. 1st ed. London (UK): Earthscan. xxix, 298 p. ISBN: 978-1-84407-715-1.

This book provides a comprehensive synthesis of current knowledge of the potential and challenges associated with the multiple roles, use, management and livelihood contributions of indigenous vegetables in urban agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. There has been growing research and policy effort around urban agriculture in the region over the last two decades, but never has it been integrated with work on under-researched crops such as indigenous vegetables. These species have multiple advantages, including low input requirements, adaptability to African environments, high nutritional value and marked biodiversity, cultural and local food security significance. Yet they are overlooked in the modern world, where recent emphasis has been directed to growing a limited range of exotic crops, both for internal markets and for export to developed country markets.

Call No:    635.1 Sh1

Crosby, A.W. (2003)  The Columbian exchange: biological and cultural consequences of 1942. 30th ed. Contributions in American  Studies No. 2. London (Connecticut): Praeger publishers.
xxvii, 283 p. ISBN: 0-275-98092-8.

Thirty years ago, Alfred Crosby published a small work that illuminated a simple point, that the most important changes brought on by the voyages of Columbus were not social or political, but biological in nature. The book told the story of how 1492 sparked the movement of organisms, both large and small, in both directions across the Atlantic. This “Columbian exchange,” between the Old World and the New, changed the history of our planet drastically and forever. The book The Columbian Exchange changed the field of history drastically and forever as well. It has become one of the foundational works in the burgeoning field of environmental history, and it remains one of the canonical texts for the study of world history.

Call No:    572.02 C88

Crosby, A.W. (2004)  Ecological imperialism: the biological expansion of Europe, 900-1900.
2nd Studies in Environment and History Cambridge: CUP xiv, 368 p. ISBN: 978-0-521-54618-8.

The main thesis of the book is that the expansion by Europeans to the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, and a few other enclaves (what Crosby calls the Neo-Europes) wouldn’t have succeded if the biota the Europeans brought with them had not suceeded. This biota included not only humans, of course, but pathogens, weeds and grasses, and horses, cattle, goats, and pigs, among the most important. Crosby addresses the reasons why this biota was so succesful in the new territories, and concludes that, in general, the climatic regimes there were sufficiently similar to those of its
European origins and the indigenous biota was so ‘naive’ that ‘victory’ was almost assured to the invaders.

Call No:    581.9 C88


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