Biotic Diversity and Germplasm Preservation, Global Imperatives

  • Lloyd V. Knutson
  • Allan K. Stoner

Part of the Beltsville Symposia in Agricultural Research book series (BSAR, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Introduction and delineation of issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Douglass R. Miller, Amy Y. Rossman, Joseph Kirkbride
      Pages 3-11
    3. Garrison Wilkes
      Pages 13-41
    4. Lawrence Busch, William B. Lacy, Jeffrey Burkhardt
      Pages 43-62
  3. Basic research and Germplasm status

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Henry L. Shands, Paul J. Fitzgerald, Steve A. Eberhart
      Pages 97-115
    3. Zhang Yihua, Dong Yushen
      Pages 117-125
    4. Te-Tzu Chang, Sherl M. Dietz, Melvin N. Westwood
      Pages 127-159
  4. Frontiers in Germplasm utilization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Keith E. Gregory, Gordon E. Dickerson
      Pages 185-204
    3. Robert F. Whitcomb, Kevin J. Hackett
      Pages 205-240
    4. Shung-Chang Jong
      Pages 241-273
    5. Benjamin F. Matthews, James A. Saunders
      Pages 275-291
    6. James H. Elgin Jr., Philip A. Miller
      Pages 311-322
  5. Germplasm collection and data management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. V. G. Pursel, L. A. Johnson
      Pages 337-353
    3. Roger A. Leopold, Robert R. Rojas
      Pages 355-377
    4. Leigh E. Towill, Eric E. Roos
      Pages 379-403
    5. George A. White, James A. Briggs
      Pages 405-417
    6. Jimmie D. Mowder, Allan K. Stoner
      Pages 419-426
    7. Rex L. Powell, H. Duane Norman
      Pages 427-443
  6. International issues and linkages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 457-457
    2. Joel I. Cohen, Robert Bertram
      Pages 459-476
    3. Howard J. Brooks, Charles F. Murphy
      Pages 493-497
    4. Donald N. Duvick, William L. Brown
      Pages 499-513
    5. John A. Pino
      Pages 515-519
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 521-530

About this book


Topics for the Beltsville Symposia are selected to highlight specific areas of research and science policy that are of concern to scientists in the Beltsville Area as well as to the general scientific community. Each sympo­ sium in the series is structured to provide a realistic appraisal of current findings, research progress, and relevant policy issues within the constraints established by the organizing committee. Thus, the presentations and dis­ cussions that have marked these symposia have had a strong appeal to the broad community of scientists. Knowledge of the diversity of living organisms is still quite limited. Since the time of Linnaeus, about 1.7 million species have been described. The actual number has been estimated between 5-50 million. Many species, land races, and strains are vanishing. Clearly, the world's scientific institutions are inadequately equipped to attain sufficient knowledge of a significant fraction of the diverse living forms. Also, efforts in the collection and preservation of germplasm of plants and animals urgently need to be strengthened. These mattes are critically important to future generations. This symposium addresses vital concerns of biotic diversity and germ­ plasm preservation from diverse perspectives. Many of the parts provide concrete recommendations for action, and they call attention to areas of research that must be pursued with intensity.


agroecosystems biotechnology ecology ecosystem systematics

Editors and affiliations

  • Lloyd V. Knutson
    • 1
  • Allan K. Stoner
    • 2
  1. 1.Systematic Entomology LaboratoryUSDA, ARSBeltsvikkeUSA
  2. 2.Germplasm Services LaboratoryUSDA, ARSBeltsvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7549-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2333-1
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