India being one of the top twelve mega biodiversity countries in the world, the increasing rate of erosion of biodiversity has been causing great concern. Because of socio-economic changes, biological diversity has to come to occupying the central stage as it holds `key to the maintenance of the world . Biodiversity is a multifactered science bringing the ecologist and environmentalist together resulting in an interdisciplinary subject. Issues like ecosystem dynamics, global changes and impact of the loss of biodiversity at various level such as local, national and global levels have become important. As a result of the loss of increasingly recognised. The need to understand traditional ecological knowledge for managing biodiversity by the local people has also come to be appreciated. The book therefore, attempts to provide an overall emphasis of diverse aspects of animal biodiversity, including soil, vectors of animal and plant diseases, agroecosystem diversity, forest biodiversity, marine, fresh water and island biodiversity. The impact of taxonomy, biotechnology and remote sensing, besides the conservation and management of biodiversity has also been briefly discussed.
1. Biodiversity : Dimensions and Implications 2.Biodiversity : Values, Generation and Maintenance 3. Patterns of Biodiversity 4. Functional Aspects of Biodiversity 5. Genetic Diversity and Phenotypic Plasticity 6. Nutrient Cycles and Soil / Litter Biodiversity 7. Host-Parasite-Vector Biodiversity 8. Insect Biodiversity and Nature of Insect-Plant Interactions 9. Biodiversity in Agroecosystems 10. The Tropical Forest Scenario 11. Marine Biodiversity 12. Fresh Water Biodiversity 13. Island Biodiversity 14. Taxonomy and Biodiversity 15. Biodiversity and Biotechnology 16. Remote Sensing and Biodiversity 17. Conservation and Management of Biodiversity 18. Intellectual Property Rights 19. Biodiversity : The Future Scenario Reference Glossary Index