Author(s): DONALD FALK
This unique work summarizes our current knowledge of the genetics and population biology of rare plants, and integrates it with practical conservation recommendations. It features discussions on the distribution and significance of genetic variation, management and evaluation of rare plant germplasm, and conservation strategies for genetic diversity. Case studies focusing on specific problems offer important insights for today's challenges in rare plant conservation.
"The list of contributing authors is impressive and includes most of the important researchers in plant population biology and genetics. Theoretical and practical issues are well balanced. . . .This book also gives an appreciation of how much research on rare plants remains to be done. It contains a well-organized and concise presentation of why research, conservation, and management are important. . .as well as practical strategies to apply existing knowledge. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the genetics and conservation of plant populations." --Prairie Nat.
"The chapters are of consistently high quality and will interest plant conservation biologists and those seeking genetic sophistication in their reintroduction or restoration efforts. . . .Many chapters stand alone as summaries of great value to population biologists interested in the causes and consequences of rarity. . . .This volume has greatly advanced the field by crystallizing the genetic issues and providing a convenient and authoritative source for those practicing in the emergency wards of conservation biology." --Science
"This book could form a core around which to develop a curriculum in genetics or botany. . . .For research scientists, [the book] should serve as inspiration to expand efforts to make politicians and the public understand why more ecological research. . .really is needed." --Wild Earth
"Very well organized, the chapters dealing with a range of relevant but not too greatly overlapping topics, and the connection between them is very well outlined in the excellent preface by the editors. . . .Very interesting. . .its largely successful attempt to define the state of our knowledge about the importance of genetic diversity for plant conservation is a very valuable contribution." --Plant Genetics Newsletter
"There is much information on rare plant populations and on conservation not previously available. . ." --Choice
"This text includes
Section One: Population biology and genetics of rare species; Section Two: Distribution and sampling of genetic variation; Section Three: Management and assessment of off-site collections; Section Four: Conservation strategies for genetic diversity.