This is the first volume in the new multi-volume set, Global Biodiversity. Each volume in Global Biodiversity 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.
1. Global Biodiversity Threats and Development Trends / Kjetil Bevanger
2. Biodiversity in Afghanistan / S. W. Breckle, I. C. Hedge, and M. D. Rafiqpoor
3. Biodiversity of Bangladesh / Sharif A. Mukul, Shekhar R. Biswas, and A. Z. M. Manzoor Rashid
4. Biodiversity in India / T. Pullaiah and Ramakrishna
5. Biodiversity of Indonesia / Irawati and Didik Widyatmoko
6. Biodiversity of Iran / M. M. Dehshiri
7. Biodiversity in Iraq / Nature Iraq
8. Biodiversity of Japan / Takafumi Ohsawa, Fumiko Nakao, and Tohru Nakashizuka
9. Biodiversity in Lebanon / Salma N. Talhouk, M. Itani, and M. Al-Zein
10. Biodiversity in Malaysia / A. Latiff
11. Biodiversity in Mongolia / Gombobaatar Sundev et al.
12. Biodiversity in Myanmar / Naing Zaw Htun
13. Biodiversity of Nepal: An Overview / Krishna K. Shrestha and Siddhartha B. Bajracharya
14. 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.