300 pages, 26 line diagrams, 14 half-tones, 18 tables
This book illustrates the key role played by taxonomy in the conservation and sustainable utilisation of plant biodiversity. It is a tribute to the work of Professor Vernon Heywood who has done so much to highlight the importance of sound scholarship, training and collaboration for plant conservation. Divided into four parts, the book opens with an overview of the place of taxonomy in science and in implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity. Part 2 outlines the theoretical basis of taxonomy, how it is done and how it contributes to measuring diversity. The third part explains how taxonomy is used to establish conservation priorities and actions and the concluding part illustrates taxonomy in the practice and measurement of effective conservation action. With contributions from taxonomists and also the users of taxonomy, the volume will provide a balanced treatment, suitable for advanced students, researchers and conservation professionals.
'This is a fascinating insight into a world that is often seen as closed to all but a few specialists ! There's a wealth of detail here that could be used in a range of situations. Those regularly involved in conservation education would do well to read this text.' TENews 'It has many useful papers on the practice of taxonomy and how it is necessary for conservation. It has several chapters which directly address the gap between plant taxonomy as a science and use of the products of that science by practitioners in other disciplines !' BGjournal
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