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  1. Meredith Howard says:

    Columbia University Press is pleased to announce the publication in paperback of Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems edited by D.I. Jarvis, C. Padoch, and H.D. Cooper.

    This volume considers how farmers manage, maintain, and benefit from biodiversity in agricultural production systems. It reflects the most recent research and developments in the maintenance of local diversity at the genetic, species, and ecosystem levels. Chapters cover the assessment and farmer management practices for crop, livestock, aquatic, and associated diversity (such as pollinators and soil microorganisms) in agricultural ecosystems; examine the potential role of diversity in minimizing pest and disease pressures; and present studies that exemplify the potential nutritional, ecosystem service, and financial values of this diversity under changing economic and environmental conditions. Numerous case studies show how farmers have used alternative approaches to manage biodiversity and enhance the stability, resilience, and productivity of their farms. Pointing the way toward improved biodiversity on a global scale, this text is mandatory reading for conservationists, environmentalists, botanists, zoologists, geneticists, and anyone interested in the health of our ecosystem.

    “Assembling the efforts and expertise of a diverse and well-qualified set of authors, this book addresses a wide range of topics, yet the essays clearly cohere. The perspective is global, which will make the book the single most authoritative source to date on issues of agrobiodiversity.”—Thomas K. Rudel, professor of sociology and human ecology, Rutgers University

    Devra I. Jarvis is senior scientist, Agricultural Biodiversity and Ecosystems, in the Diversity for Livelihoods Programme at Bioversity International in Rome.

    Christine Padoch is the Matthew Calbraith Perry Curator of Economic Botany at the New York Botanical Garden and an anthropologist.

    H. David Cooper is senior programme officer for implementation and technical support at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal.

    To find out more about this work go to:
    http://www.cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-13648-8/managing-biodiversity-in-agricultural-ecosystems

    If you would like a review copy, please hit reply or e-mail mh2306@columbia.edu your mailing address.

    With best wishes,
    Meredith Howard

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