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Insect Diversity Conservation

Major synthesis in a challenging field

By: Michael J Samways

342 pages, 120 illus, 100 figs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jan 2005 | #147409 | ISBN: 0521789478
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Hardback | Jan 2005 | #147407 | ISBN: 0521783380
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A contemporary global synthesis of the rapidly developing and important field of insect conservation biology. Insects play important roles in terrestrial ecological processes and in maintaining the world as we know it. They present particular conservation challenges, especially as a quarter face extinction within the next few decades. This textbook addresses the ethical foundation of insect conservation, and asks why we should concern ourselves with it. After addressing threats, from invasive alien plants to climate change, the book explores ways insects and their habitats are prioritised, mapped, monitored and conserved. Landscape and species approaches are considered.

'There are very few insect books of such expansive scope, and this one could be a standard text for years. It will be welcomed by specialists in entomology, biodiversity, mass extinction, evolution and half-a-dozen associated fields. ... it is much more than an expert book for experts; it should appeal to everyone interested in the fast-diminishing biodiversity of our planet. All in all, this is an expensive book that is excellent value.' Nature '... a masterly synthesis of needs and progress within the discipline, ranging over a wide array of topics and illuminated by examples from many parts of the world ... this is a well-produced and significant book assured of a leading place in the record of the scientific and practical development of insect conservation.' T. R. New, La Trobe University 'A notable aspect of this book is its truly global perspective, and the author does well to draw together a huge diversity of examples from ecosystems all over the world ... nicely produced and well illustrated ... I hope that Samway's enthusiastic text will win many converts to the cause of insect conservation.' Environmental Conservation


Preface; Part I. The Need for Insect Diversity Conservation: 1. Ethical foundation for insect conservation; 2. The special case of insects in conservation biology; 3. Insects and the conservation of ecosystem processes; Part II. Insects and the Changing World: 4. Degradation and fragmentation of ecosystems; 5. Responses by insects to the changing land mosaic; 6. Threats from invasive aliens, biological control, and genetic engineering; 7. Global climate change and synergistic impacts; Part III. Conserving and Managing Insect Diversity: 8. Methods, approaches, and prioritization criteria; 9. Mapping, inventorying, and monitoring; 10. Managing for insect diversity; 11. Restoration of insect diversity; 12. Conventions and social issues in insect diversity conservation; References; Index.

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Michael Samways is Professor of Entomology in the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He is internationally known as a conservation biologist and policy advisor.

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