Genetic Diversity and Erosion in Plants

Case Histories

  • M.R. Ahuja
  • S. Mohan Jain

Part of the Sustainable Development and Biodiversity book series (SDEB, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Samir C. Debnath
    Pages 75-129
  3. Carlos Bernard Moreno Cerqueira-Silva, Fábio Gelape Faleiro, Onildo Nunes de Jesus, Elisa Susilene Lisboa dos Santos, Anete Pereira de Souza
    Pages 215-231
  4. P. M. Priyadarshan
    Pages 233-267
  5. Christian Wehenkel, Cuauhtémoc Sáenz-Romero, Juan Pablo Jaramillo-Correa
    Pages 269-284
  6. Jaime Martínez-Castillo, Filogonio May-Pat, Luciana Camacho-Pérez, Rubén H. Andueza-Noh, Félix Dzul-Tejero
    Pages 285-306
  7. Miguel Ângelo Almeida Pinheiro de Carvalho, Penelope J. Bebeli, Ana Maria Barata da Silva, Eliseu Bettencourt, Jan Jacek Slaski, Sónia Dias
    Pages 307-335
  8. Concepción M. Díez, Juan Moral, Diego Barranco, Luis Rallo
    Pages 337-356
  9. Narayanan Manikanda Boopathi, Lucia Vieira Hoffmann
    Pages 409-438

About this book


Genetic erosion is the loss of genetic diversity within a species. It can happen very quickly, due to catastrophic events, or changes in land use leading to habitat loss. But it can also occur more gradually and remain unnoticed for a long time. One of the main causes of genetic erosion is the replacement of local varieties by modern varieties. Other causes include environmental degradation, urbanization, and land clearing through deforestation and brush fires. In order to conserve biodiversity in plants, it is important to targets three independent levels that include ecosystems, species and genes. Genetic diversity is important to a species’ fitness, long-term viability, and ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions. Chapters in this book are written by leading geneticists, molecular biologists and other specialists on relevant topics on genetic erosion and conservation genetic diversity in plants. This divisible set of two volumes deals with a broad spectrum of topics on genetic erosion, and approaches to biodiversity conservation in crop plants and trees. Volume 1 deals with indicators and prevention of genetic erosion, while volume 2 covers genetic diversity and erosion in a number of plants species. These two volumes will also be useful to botanists, biotechnologists, environmentalists, policy makers, conservationists, and NGOs working to manage genetic erosion and biodiversity.


Biodiversity Genetic Erosion Crop Plants Causes and Prevention Genetic Resources

Editors and affiliations

  • M.R. Ahuja
    • 1
  • S. Mohan Jain
    • 2
  1. 1.Zobel Forestry AssociatesNew PaltzUSA
  2. 2.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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