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Agricultural Biodiversity and Biotechnology in Economic Development

  • Coverage of new international treaty on plant genetic resources

  • More economics than competitors

  • Thorough coverage of links between biotech and biodiversity

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Natural Resource Management and Policy (NRMP, volume 27)

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Overview and Key Issues

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Intoduction~ Agricultural Biodiversity and Biotechnology:

      • Joseph C. Cooper, Leslie Lipper, David Zilberman
      Pages 3-13
  3. Genetic Resources and Biodiversity: Economic Valuation and Conservation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 61-61
    2. Managing Crop Biological Diversity on Farms

      • Melinda Smale
      Pages 79-101
    3. In Situ Conservation: Methods and Costs

      • Detlef Virchow
      Pages 103-125
  4. Biotechnology: Concepts, Values, and Management

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 233-233
    2. Agricultural Biotechnology: Concepts, Evolution, and Applications

      • Maria José O. de Zimmermann, Enrico Porceddu
      Pages 235-250
    3. Impact of Biotechnology on Crop Genetic Diversity

      • Matin Qaim, Cherisa Yarkin, David Zilberman
      Pages 283-307

About this book

The topics addressed in this book are of vital importance to the survival of humankind. Agricultural biodiversity, encompassing genetic diversity as well as human knowledge, is the base upon which agricultural production has been built, and protecting this resource is critical to ensuring the capacity of current and future generations to adapt to unforeseen challenges. Agricultural biodiversity underpins the productivity of all agricultural systems and is particularly important for poor and food-insecure farmers, who maintain highly diverse production systems in response to the marginal and risky production conditions they operate under. Understanding the importance of agricultural biodiversity in the livelihoods of the food insecure and enhancing its performance through the use of a variety of tools, including biotechnology, is a critically important issue in the world today, where over 800 million people have insufficient food to meet minimum needs. A strong theme that runs throughout the book is the importance of good public policy interventions to promote the provision of public goods associated with agricultural biodiversity conservation and directing biotechnology development to meet the needs of the poor. The book's primary innovation is that it describes the relationship between biotechnology and plant genetic diversity and puts these in the context of agricultural development. Both the conservation of plant genetic diversity and agricultural biotechnology have received extensive examination, but the linkages between the two have not, despite the apparently obvious relationship between the two.

Keywords

  • Conservation
  • agriculture
  • biodiversity
  • biological
  • biotechnology
  • developing countries
  • development
  • economic development
  • poverty
  • public goods

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eBook USD 219.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-0-387-25409-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 279.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)