Conservation of biological diversity in agricultural, forestry, and marine systems

David Pimentel, Tsveta Petrova, Marybeth Riley, Jennifer Jacquet, Vanessa Ng, Jake Honigman, Edwardo Valero

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    Abstract

    The present rate of species loss projects that half of all existing plant, animal, and microbe species on Earth will become extinct by the end of this century (Myers, 2003a; Wilson, 2003). This projected high rate of extinction due to human activities is alarming because many of these organisms are vital to the safe and productive function of ecological systems that sustain our planet and the global economy (Dirzo and Raven, 2003). Indeed, agricultural productivity and public health depend on the activities of diverse natural biota. From 10 to 50 million species of plants, animals, and microbes fulfill the ecological needs on Earth (Pimm et al., 1995; Pimm, 2002).

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationFood, Energy, and Society, Third Edition
    PublisherCRC Press
    Pages221-244
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Electronic)9781420046687
    ISBN (Print)9781420046670
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
    • Environmental Science(all)
    • Engineering(all)

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