Endangered Species: Habitat, Protection and Ecological Significance


Manuel Esteban Lucas-Borja (Editor)
Castilla La Mancha University, School of Advanced Agricultural Engineering, Department of Agroforestry Technology and Science and Genetics, Albacete, Spain

Series: Animal Science, Issues and Research
BISAC: SCI086000

Natural ecosystems provide the basic conditions without which humanity could not survive. Good and services provided by ecosystems include for example provision of food, fibre and fuel, purification of water and air, cultural and aesthetic benefits, stabilization and moderation of the Earth’s climate, generation and renewal of soil fertility, including nutrient cycling or maintenance of genetic resources as key inputs to crop varieties and livestock breeds, medicines, and other products. However, the ability of biological diversity to continue performing these services is seriously threatened since some species are being seriously deteriorated, and in some cases destroyed. While loss of species has always occurred as a natural phenomenon, the pace of extinction has accelerated dramatically as a result of human activity. Ecosystems are being fragmented or eliminated, and innumerable species are in decline or already extinct. This book is divided into nine chapters, which are all related to endangered species research studies. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1.- Population dynamics of endangered english yew (taxus baccata l.): Implication for conservation and management
(Amalesh Dhar, Harald Vacik, Herwig Ruprech, Raphael Klumpp
Mixedwood Ecology and Management program, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada and others)

Chapter 2.- Endangered plants: a comparison of applied methods for the assessment of extinction risk for rare plants in Italy
(Innangi Michele, Izzo Antonio, De Castro Olga1, University of Study of Naples Federico II, Dept. Biological Science, Sect. Plant Biology, Via Foria 223, Naples, Italy and others)

Chapter 3.- Effect of Climate Change and Deforestation in a selection of vertebrate species and Opuntia in México
(Patricia Illodli-Range, Víctor Sánchez-Cordero & Miguel Linaje
Departamento de Zoología, Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Chapter 4.- Is post-dispersal seed predation a problem for Spanish black pine (Pinus nigra Arn. Ssp salzmannii) natural regeneration in Cuenca Mountains (Spain)?
(Manuel Esteban Lucas-Borja, Castilla La Mancha University, Albacete, Spain)

Chapter 5.- Mediterranean Horny Sponges: how to drive a neverending story of exploitation toward a sustainable management and conservation?
(Roberto Pronzato, Fabio D. Ledda, and Renata Manconi, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, dell’Ambiente e della Vita, Università di Genova, Genoa, Italy and Dipartimento di Scienze della Natura e del Territorio, Università di Sassari, Sassari, Italy)

Chapter 6.- Endangered Mexican fish under special protection: Diagnosis of habitat fragmentation, protection, and future – A review
Ricardo Dzul-Caamal, Hugo F. Olivares-Rubio, Cynthia G. Medina-Segura and Armando Vega-López, Laboratorio de Toxicología Ambiental, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, Instituto Politécnico Nacional. Av. Wilfrido Massieu s/n, Unidad Profesional Zacatenco, México)

Chapter 7.- Ecology, structure and conservation status of the southernmost natural populations of yew taxus baccata l. (taxaceae) in the Iberian peninsula.
(Linares Calderon, Juan Carlos, Dpto.Sistemas Físicos, Químicos y Naturales, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla and others)

Chapter 8.- Europe’s threatened species: the case of the endangered phengaris maculinea butterflies (lepidoptera, lycaenidae)
(Paula Seixas Arnaldo, Maria da Conceição Rodrigues, Teresa Fidalgo Fonseca, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Forest Science and Landscape Architecture Department, Portugal and others)

Chapter 9.- Plant conservation biology. The case of helianthemum polygonoides, a threatened species from southern Spain
(M.A. Copete, J.M. Herranz, P. Ferrandis, E. Copete, Institute of Botany, University of Castilla-La Mancha, University, Albacete, Spain)



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