The Biology of Biodiversity

  • Masahiro Kato

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages II-XII
  2. Species Diversity and Phylogeny

  3. Ecological Biodiversity

  4. Development and Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Nori Satoh, Kohji Hotta, Gouki Satoh, Shunsuke Taguchi, Hitoyoshi Yasuo, Kuni Tagawa et al.
      Pages 209-222
    3. Stefan Gleissberg, Minsung Kim, Judy Jernstedt, Neelima Sinha
      Pages 223-241
    4. Mitsuyasu Hasebe, Motomi Ito
      Pages 243-255
  5. Genetic Biodiversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Li Wen-Hsiung, Ying Tan, Stephane Boissinot, Song-Kun Shyue, David Hewett-Emmett
      Pages 259-274
    3. Robert M. Zink, John Klicka
      Pages 275-288
    4. Henry C. Harpending, Elise Eller
      Pages 301-314
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 315-324

About this book


Biological diversity, or biodiversity, refers to the universal attribute of all living organisms that each individual being is unique - that is, no two organisms are identical. The biology of biodiversity must include all the aspects of evolutionary and ecological sciences analyzing the origin, changes, and maintenance of the di­ versity of living organisms. Today biodiversity, which benefits human life in vari­ ous ways, is threatened by the expansion of human activities. Biological research in biodiversity contributes not only to understanding biodiversity itself but also to its conservation and utilization. The Biology of Biodiversity was the specialty area of the 1998 International Prize for Biology. The International Prize for Biology was established in 1985 in commemoration of the sixty-year reign of the Emperor Showa and his longtime devotion to biological research. The 1998 Prize was awarded to Professor Otto Thomas Solbrig, Harvard University, one of the authors of this book. In conjunction with the awarding of the International Prize for Biology, the 14th International Symposium with the theme of The Biology of Biodiversity was held in Hayama on the 9th and 10th of December 1998, with financial support by an international symposium grant from the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture of Japan. The invited speakers were chosen so as to cover four basic aspects of biodiversity: species diversity and phylogeny, ecological biodiversity, development and evolution, and genetic diversity of living organisms including human beings.


animals biodiversity biology development ecology ecosystem ecosystem processes evolution genetics phylogeny plant plants primates species diversity taxonomy

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  • Masahiro Kato
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of ScienceUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan

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