Research and Markets: Frontiers in Biodiversity Studies

To use biodiversity components sustainably, to maintain ecosystem functions that provide goods and services, to conserve, protect and restore the natural world to halt biodiversity loss, it is vital to understand and conserve the diversity of life on earth through research, education and outreach. Several international initiatives such as BIOTA, ERA-Nets, CBD, DIVERSITAS, GBIF, GTI, MEA, GEOSS and GEO promote scientific research, conservation and sustainable development of available biodiversity components in the recent years, as the present form of globalization has heavily been criticized for ignoring sustainable development and environmental concerns. More recently, helping species and ecosystems to survive becomes practically more difficult.

The remarkable discovery of new species shows that there is still much to discover and makes conservation more important for the future generations. There has now been increasingly substantial and largely irreversible loss in the diversity of life on earth, currently threatened with extinction due to anthropogenic activities.

Frontiers in Biodiversity Studies has wide range of such topics including the biodiversity of aquatic mollusks, freshwater ciliates, wild legumes, dipterans, coastal and freshwater fishes, mangroves, phytopathogenic fungi, terrestrial heteropterans and insect communities, habitat loss, fragmentation, land use-land cover change, ecological agriculture, ecosystem services and their value to society. The updated reviews serve as capital in supporting food security, agricultural productivity and environmental management for the ever increasing global population in the 21st century. And so, this book should be an excellent reference work for natural scientists, environmentalists, conservationists, taxonomists, biodiversity professionals, policy makers, stakeholders and anyone working on biodiversity research and applications.

1. Species diversity of aquatic molluscs in mountain lakes of the Eastern Alps in Austria: An exemplary study

2. The chasmogamous/cleistogamous mixed breeding system, a widespread and evolutionarily successful reproductive strategy in angiosperms

3. Ecological agriculture: Strategy for sustainable development

4. Freshwater Ciliates (Protozoa, Ciliophora) from Argentina: An annotated and updated compilation

5. Towards the integration of culture collections

6. Higher-taxa as surrogates for species richness in terrestrial heteropterans of South American grasslands

7. Improvement in conservation value of insect communities in South Patagonian forests managed with variable retention

8. Legume diversity in the extra Andean Patagonia

9. Physiological and morphological traits of Trichloris crinita in the semi-arid zones of Argentina

10. Physiological traits on Osmorhiza depauperata, a biodiversity component in the Nothofagus forests of Southern Patagonia

11. Dipteran diversity in cattle pastures and rangelands of Washington State, USA

12. Distribution and biogeographical notes of coastal fish fauna of Veracruz, Mexico

13. Seasonal analysis of the ichthyofauna at three subsystems of the Alvarado lagoon, Veracruz, Mexico

14. Habitat loss and fragmentation in landscapes of the ramsar site, Alvarado lagoon system

15. The mangrove forests of Mexico: Transformation, conservation and threats

16. Trends of land use-land cover change in a complex tropical wetlands landscape: The case of the Chetumal, Mexico and Corozal Bay, Belize

17. An annotated checklist of Crotalaria L. (Fabaceae) in India

18. Fish distributional patterns in Greek rivers

19. The diversity and distribution of Pleospora (Pleosporaceae) in Maharashtra, India

20. Diversity of phytopathogenic conidial fungi of protected nature territories in Ukraine: Study toward elaboration of conservation strategy

Subject Index