This is the first volume in the new multi-volume set, Global Biodiversity. Each volume in this series aims to provide insightful information on the biodiversity of selected nations in particular regions. The volumes summarize the available data on both wild and cultivated plants, wild and domesticated animals, and microbes of the different nations.
Global Biodiversity, Volume 1: Selected Countries in Asia focuses on selected countries of Asia, providing an abundance of biodiversity information on Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, and Vietnam.
The first chapter in the volume provides an informative overview of what is biodiversity along with biogeographic classifications. It provides explanations of biodiversity patterns and species number; biodiversity conservation, protection, and international commitments and cooperation; biodiversity threats and drivers of change (such as human population growth, climate change, land use change); and the economics of biodiversity as well.
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Global Biodiversity Threats and Development Trends
Biodiversity in Afghanistan
S. W. Breckle, I. C. Hedge, and M. D. Rafiqpoor
Biodiversity of Bangladesh
Sharif A. Mukul, Shekhar R. Biswas, and A. Z. M. Manzoor Rashid
Biodiversity in India
T. Pullaiah and Ramakrishna
Biodiversity of Indonesia
Irawati and Didik Widyatmoko
Biodiversity of Iran
M. M. Dehshiri
Biodiversity in Iraq
Biodiversity of Japan
Takafumi Ohsawa, Fumiko Nakao, and Tohru Nakashizuka
Biodiversity in Lebanon
Salma N. Talhouk, M. Itani, and M. Al-Zein
Biodiversity in Malaysia
Biodiversity in Mongolia
Gombobaatar Sundev et al.
Biodiversity in Myanmar
Naing Zaw Htun
Biodiversity of Nepal: An Overview
Krishna K. Shrestha and Siddhartha B. Bajracharya
Biodiversity of Vietnam
P. K. Loc and M. D. Yen Leonid Averyanov
T. Pullaiah, PhD, is a former Professor at the Department of Botany at Sri Krishnadevaraya University in Andhra Pradesh, India, where he has taught for more than 35 years. He has held several positions at the university, including Dean, Faculty of Biosciences, Head of the Department of Botany, Head of the Department of Biotechnology, and Member Academic Senate.