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Aspects of botanical biodiversity in southern African arid regions — An outline of concepts and results

  • Norbert Jürgens
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Abstract

In times of rapid economical, social, political and environmental change, research on biodiversity has to encompass a wide range of goals and methods if biological sciences want to adequately describe reality and the factors that determine it. One approach to a more holistic view of biodiversity is presented here with examples from our research in the greater Namib Desert region. The article outlines the concepts and some findings of the various types of biodiversity research conducted by the Cologne research group with the goal of furthering cooperation with similar activities in other arid parts of the world.

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Summer Rainfall Winter Rainfall Biodiversity Research Cape Floristic Region Wild Game 
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Aspectos de la biodiversidad botánica en regiones áridas del Sur de Africa — un destaco de conceptos y resultados

Resumen

En una época en la que se producen rápidos cambios económicos, sociales, políticos y medioambientales, el estudio de la biodiversidad ha de abarcar una amplia gama de objetivos y métodos, si es que se desea que las ciencias biológicas describan adecuadamente la realidad y los factores que la determinan. Aquí se presenta un enfoque hacia una visión más global de la biodiversidad con ejemplos de nuestras investigaciones en la extensa región del Desierto de Namib. El artículo destaca los conceptos y algunos descubrimientos de varios tipos de estudio de la biodiversidad llevados a cabo por el equipo de investigadores de Colonia con el objetivo de promover la cooperación con actividades semejantes en otras partes áridas del mundo.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norbert Jürgens
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  1. 1.Institute of BotanyUniversity of KölnGermany

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