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Descriptive taxonomy : the foundation of biodiversity research

Author: M F Watson; Christopher H C Lyal; Colin Pendry
Publisher: Cambridge New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015
Series: Systematics association special volume series, 84
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, London, UK. We are living in an age where biodiversity is being lost at an unprecedented rate, with the well-documented problems of habitat destruction being compounded by the largely unknown future effects of Climate Change. High quality, accurate and reliable biodiversity data are needed by biologists, conservationists and environmental modellers to understand  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M F Watson; Christopher H C Lyal; Colin Pendry
ISBN: 9780521761079 0521761077
OCLC Number: 902995320
Description: 324 pages : illustrations
Contents: List of contributors; Introduction M. F. Watson and C. Lyal; Part I. The Widening Audience: 1. Floras yesterday, today and tomorrow A. G. Miller, M. Hall, M. F. Watson, S. G. Knees, C. Pendry and M. R. Pullan; 2. Current uses and future perspectives for conservation biology B. Collen; 3. The present and future value of Floras for functional ecologists J. Dick, R. Smith and R. Wadsworth; 4. A publisher's perspective: making biodiversity information available and relevant to a wide audience J. Connor; Part II. The Products of Descriptive Taxonomy: 5. Lessons learned from two projects, the Fauna Europaea and the Checklist delle specie della fauna italiana A. Minelli; 6. Flora Europaea and Euro+Med S. L. Jury; 7. Increasing the utility of the regional African Floras D. W. Kirkup, P. Malcolm and A. Paton; 8. Cybertruffle: an on-line resource for mycology D. W. Minter; 9. Zooplankton Identification Manual for North European Seas (ZIMNES) L. C. Hastie; 10. A field guide to the dragonflies and damselflies of Britain and Ireland S. J. Brooks; 11. Sangha Trees: an identification and training guide to the trees of the northern Republic of Congo A. H. Wortley and D. J. Harris; 12. Millennium Seed Bank collector guides D. Hopkins; 13. Training in tropical plant identification D. J. Harris, S. Bridgewater and J.-M. Moutsambote; 14. Field identification of vectors and pathogens of military significance A. G. Gutierrez; Part III. The Influence of Technology on Data Gathering in the Field: 15. The changing role of collections and field research S. Knapp; 16. Field methods for inventorying insects C. L. Hauser and K. Riede; 17. From seabed to world wide web: an overview of marine zoological sampling, data processing and potential production of digital marine faunas A. L. Allcock and M. Ryan; 18. Advancements in electronic data capture for botanical field research in temperate regions M. F. Watson, A. G. Miller, M. R. Pullan, C. Pendry and S. G. Knees; Part IV. New Technologies: Their Current Use and Future Potential: 19. Extending floras and faunas to include users' views A. L. Weitzman and C. Lyal; 20. Taxa, taxon names and globally unique identifiers in perspective R. Hyam; 21. E-publishing descriptive taxonomy: the convergence of taxonomic journals and databases V. S. Smith; 22. DNA barcoding in floral and faunal research S. E. Miller; Index.
Series Title: Systematics association special volume series, 84
Responsibility: edited by Mark F. Watson, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Chris Lyal, Natural History Museum, London, Colin Pendry, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

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