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Routledge Handbook of Agricultural Biodiversity

ISBN 9780415746922
Published October 4, 2017 by Routledge
710 Pages 104 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The world relies on very few crop and animal species for agriculture and to supply its food needs. In recent decades, there has been increased appreciation of the risk this implies for food security and quality, especially in times of environmental change. As a result, agricultural biodiversity has moved to the top of research and policy agendas. 

This Handbook presents a comprehensive overview of our current knowledge of agricultural biodiversity in a series of specially commissioned chapters. It draws on multiple disciplines including plant and animal genetics, ecology, crop and animal science, food studies and nutrition, as well as social science subjects which explore the socio-economic, cultural, institutional, legal and policy aspects of agricultural biodiversity. It focuses not only on the core requirements to deliver a sustainable agriculture and food supply, but also highlights the additional ecosystem services provided by a diverse and resilient agricultural landscape and farming practices. The book provides an indispensable reference textbook for a wide range of courses in agriculture, ecology, biodiversity conservation and environmental studies.

Table of Contents


Danny Hunter, Luigi Guarino, Charles Spillane and Peter C. McKeown

Part 1 Biological Resources for Agricultural Biodiversity

  1. Plant genetic resources
  2. Robert Henry

  3. Animal domestication, genetic diversity and genomic analysis
  4. David A. Magee, David E. MacHugh & Ceiridwen J. Edwards

  5. Forest and tree genetic resources
  6. David Boshier, Judy Loo & Ian Dawson

  7. Wild plant and animal genetic resources
  8. Verina Ingram, Barbara Vinceti & Nathalie van Vliet

  9. Aquatic genetic resources
  10. Devin Bartley & Matthias Halwart

  11. Pests, predators and parasitoids
  12. Geoff Gurr, David J. Perović & Kris Le Mottee

  13. Pollinators
  14. Barbara Gemmill-Herren

  15. Soil biodiversity and bacterial and mycorrhizal resources
  16. Fenton Beed, Thomas Dubois, Danny Coyne, Didier Lesueur & Srini Ramasamy

    Part 2 The Origins & History of Agricultural Biodiversity

  17. Genetic aspects of crop domestication
  18. Paul Gepts

  19. Evolution and domestication of clonal crops
  20. Peter J. Matthews

  21. Agricultural biodiversity and the Columbian exchange
  22. David E. Williams

  23. The Green Revolution and crop biodiversity
  24. Prabhu L. Pingali

  25. Agroecology: using functional biodiversity to design productive and resilient polycultural systems
  26. Miguel A. Altieri, Clara I. Nicholls & Marcos A. Lana

  27. The role of trees in agroecology
  28. Roger R. B. Leakey

    Part 3 The Value of Agricultural Biodiversity

  29. The quality of the agricultural matrix and long term conservation of biodiversity
  30. Ivette Perfecto & John Vandemeer

  31. Agricultural biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services
  32. Fabrice deClerk

  33. Leveraging agricultural biodiversity for crop improvement
  34. Rodomiro Ortiz

  35. Neglected no more: leveraging under-utilized crops to address global challenges
  36. Gennifer Meldrum & Stefano Padulosi

  37. Agricultural biodiversity, resilience, adaptation and climate change
  38. Brenda B. Lin

  39. An argument for integrating wild and agricultural biodiversity conservation
  40. Simon J. Attwood, Sarah E. Park, Paul Marshall, John H. Fanshawe & Hannes Gaisberger

    Part 4 Agricultural Biodiversity: Human Health and Wellbeing

  41. Harvesting common ground: maximizing the co-benefits of agrobiodiversity and human health
  42. Cristina Romanelli & Cristina Tirado

  43. Edible insect diversity for food and nutrition
  44. Wendy Lu McGill, Komi K. M. Fiabue, Sunday Ekesi & Sevgan Subramanian

  45. Cultural heritage and agrobiodiversity
  46. Juliana Ferraz Da Rocha Santilli

  47. Holding on to agrobiodiversity: human nutrition and health of Indigenous Peoples
  48. Harriet V. Kuhnlein

  49. Agricultural biodiversity for healthy diets and food systems
  50. Jessica E. Raneri & Gina Kennedy

    Part 5 The Drivers of Agricultural Biodiversity

  51. Law, policy and agricultural biodiversity
  52. †Juliana Ferraz Da Rocha Santilli

  53. Using access and benefit sharing policies to support climate change adaptation
  54. Ana Bedmar Villanueva, Isabel López Noriega, Michael Halewood, Gloria Otieno & Ronnie Vernooy

  55. ‘Stewardship’ or ‘ownership’: how to realise Farmers’ Rights?
  56. Regine Andersen

  57. Land-use retention and change to improve agricultural biodiversity
  58. Craig Pearson

  59. Markets, consumer demand and agricultural biodiversity
  60. Matthias Jaeger, Alessandra Giuliani & Irene van Loosen

  61. Community biodiversity management
  62. Walter de Boef & Abishkar Subedi

  63. The role and importance of agricultural biodiversity in urban agriculture
  64. Gudrun B. Keding, Celine Termote & Katja Kehlenbeck

  65. Gender and agricultural biodiversity
  66. Janice Jiggins

  67. Seed systems: managing, using and creating crop genetic resources
  68. Niels P. Louwaars

    Part 6 Safeguarding Agricultural Biodiversity

  69. Uncovering the role of custodian farmers in the on-farm conservation of agricultural biodiversity
  70. Bhuwon Sthapit, V. Ramanatha Rao, Hugo Lamers and Sajal Sthapit

  71. Agricultural biodiversity conservation and management – the role of ex situ approaches
  72. Ehsan Dulloo, Jean Hanson & Bhuwon Sthapit

  73. Seeds to keep and seeds to share: the multiple roles of community seed banks
  74. Ronnie Vernooy, Pitambar Shrestha & Bhuwon Sthapit

  75. 'Because it is ours': farmers’  knowledge, innovation and identity in the making of  agricultural biodiversity
  76. Dan Taylor

  77. Landscapes of loss and remembrance in agrobiodiversity conservation
  78. Virginia D. Nazarea

  79. From participatory plant breeding to local innovation networks in Cuba
  80. Humberto Ríos Labrada and Juan Ceballos-Müller

  81. Strengthening institutions and organizations, and building capacity for the conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity
  82. Johannes Engels & Per Rudebjer

  83. Information, knowledge and agricultural biodiversity
  84. Dag Endresen

  85. Biodiversity is given life by small-scale food providers: defending agricultural biodiversity and ecological food provision in the framework of food sovereignty

          Patrick Mulvany

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Danny Hunter is a Senior Scientist in the Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems Initiative at Bioversity International, Rome, Italy, and is a member of the Healthy Food Systems node, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, Australia.

Luigi Guarino is currently the Director of Science at the Global Crop Diversity Trust. He has been a consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and worked for the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (now Bioversity International), and for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (now the Pacific Community) in the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the South Pacific.

Charles Spillane is the Established Professor (Chair) of Plant Science, and Head of the Plant and AgriBiosciences Research Centre (PABC) at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. Professor Spillane’s Genetics and Biotechnology Lab works on both fundamental and applied research on plant and agricultural biosciences.

Peter C. McKeown is a Lecturer in the School of Natural Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, and Coordinator of the Masters in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (MSc.CCAFS).