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About this book
About this book
This book covers all forms of migration - plant, microbial, animal or human - and their mutual impact are covered in detail. It is estimated that during the next twenty years more than one billion people will migrate from rural areas to urban districts worldwide, forced by deteriorating biological resources and with enormous consequences on the functioning of both ecosystems and such central economic areas such as trade, transport and tourism. The contributions in this book are the result of an innovative International Conference and OECD Workshop aimed at triggering off the interdisciplinary dialogue between natural scientists and socioeconomists.
The Rice Genepool and Human Migrations.- Movement of Rice Germplasm Around the World.- Potential for Gene Flow from Cultivated Wheat to Weedy Relatives in the Great Plains of North America.- Humans, Climate, and Plants: the Migration of Crested Wheatgrass and Smooth Bromegrass to the Great Plains of North America.- Biogeography, Local Adaptation, Vavilow, and Genetic Diversity in Soybean.- Migration of a Grain Legume, Phaseolus vulgaris, in Europe.- Forest History in Europe.- Forest Biologicial Resources in the Amazon Basin.- Migration of Knowledge Lead to the Floristic Development in Myanmar.- Tracking Parasitoids at the Farmland Field Scale Using Microsatellite Markers.- Interhemispheric Transport of Viable Fungi and Bacteria From Africa to the Caribbean With Soil Dust.- Be a Virus, See the World.- Species Delineation and Biogeography of Symbiotic Bacteria Associated to Cultivated and Wild Legumes.- Micro-Spatial Distribution of Bacteria in Rhizosphere.- Colonization of Some Polish Soils by Azotobacter spp. at the Beginning and at the End of the 20th Century.- Estimation of Biotic and Abiotic Factors that Affect Migration of Rhizobia.- Indigenous Strains of Rhizobia and Their Performance in Specific Regions of India.- Migration of Aquatic Invertebrates.- Migration of Fishery Resources in the World's Oceans.- Migration of Marine Mammals.- The "Global Register of Migratory Species" - First Results of Global GIS Analysis.- Coupled Dynamics of Lemmings and Long-Distance Migratory Birds.- Israel - An Intercontinental Highway for Migrating Birds.- Contrasting Molecular Markers Reveal: Gene Flow via Pollen is Much More Effective Than Gene Flow via Seeds.- Principal Changes of Ecological Migration and Dispersal: Nature Conservation Consequences.- Agronomical Practices to Maximize Water Use.- Soil Degradation and Land Use.- Migration Towards the Cities: Measuring Effects of Urban Expansion in Rural-Urban Interface by GIS and RS Technology.- Population Shifts and Migration in the Sahel and Subsahel Zone of West Africa Reviewed Under the Aspect of the Paradigm of a Human Carrying Capacity.- Desertification and Human Migration.- Airborne Migration of Obligate Nomads Demonstrated Gene Flow Across Eurasia.
363 pages, 43 figures, 23 tables
From the reviews: "This volume is the product of a recent ! conference and workshop at Phillips University in Marburg, Germany, which brought together more than 100 scientists from 24 nations to discuss the movement of organisms and resources across landscapes and seascapes. Biological Resources and Migration emphasizes the involvement of humans in ecological systems. This characteristic of the book may appeal especially to European landscape ecologists ! . landscape ecologists are likely to find something in Biological Resources and Migration pertinent to their research ! ." (Kevin M. Potter, Landscape Ecology, Vol. 21, 2006)