Genetic Diversity and Erosion in Plants

Indicators and Prevention

  • M. R. Ahuja
  • S. Mohan Jain

Part of the Sustainable Development and Biodiversity book series (SDEB, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Deborah Rogers, Patrick McGuire
    Pages 1-24
  3. Stephen Smith, David Bubeck, Barry Nelson, Jason Stanek, Justin Gerke
    Pages 55-88
  4. Hanna Bolibok-Brągoszewska, Monika Rakoczy-Trojanowska
    Pages 105-123
  5. Linda Mondini, Mario A. Pagnotta
    Pages 125-157
  6. Shilpi Srivastava, Atul Bhargava
    Pages 189-223
  7. K. Nirmal Babu, E. V. D. Sastry, K. V. Saji, Minoo Divakaran, H. J. Akshitha, S. Aarthi et al.
    Pages 225-261
  8. Imke Thormann, Johannes M. M. Engels
    Pages 263-294

About this book


Genetic erosion is the loss of genetic diversity within a species. It can happen very quickly, due to catastrophic events, or changes in land use leading to habitat loss. But it can also occur more gradually and remain unnoticed for a long time. One of the main causes of genetic erosion is the replacement of local varieties by modern varieties. Other causes include environmental degradation, urbanization, and land clearing through deforestation and brush fires. In order to conserve biodiversity in plants, it is important to targets three independent levels that include ecosystems, species and genes. Genetic diversity is important to a species’ fitness, long-term viability, and ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions. Chapters in this book are written by leading geneticists, molecular biologists and other specialists on relevant topics on genetic erosion and conservation genetic diversity in plants. This divisible set of two volumes deals with a broad spectrum of topics on genetic erosion, and approaches to biodiversity conservation in crop plants and trees. Volume 1 deals with indicators and prevention of genetic erosion, while volume 2 covers genetic diversity and erosion in a number of plants species. These two volumes will also be useful to botanists, biotechnologists, environmentalists, policy makers, conservationists, and NGOs working to manage genetic erosion and biodiversity.


Biodiversity Genetic Erosion Crop Plants Causes and Prevention Genetic Resources

Editors and affiliations

  • M. R. Ahuja
    • 1
  • S. Mohan Jain
    • 2
  1. 1.Ex-Senior Forestry Consultant, Zobel Forestry AssociatesNew PaltzUSA
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural SciencesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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