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Conserving and exploiting biodiversity in crop cultivation in sub-Saharan Africa

Code: 9781838797522
Georg Goergen and Peter Neuenschwander, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Benin; and Danny Coyne, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Kenya

Chapter synopsis: Under relentless global population growth the key challenge is to increase agricultural production while preserving biodiversity and reducing the pressure on ecosystems and natural resources. As a first step, the development of sustainable agricultural practices requires thorough understanding of all biodiversity components and their interlinkages in agricultural and natural environments. This chapter outlines how the application of taxonomic expertise can successfully resolve important agricultural pest problems. The chapter describes the development of the insect collection at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and offers specific examples to demonstrate the importance of an accurate diagnosis. The chapter considers how best to exploit scientific collections, reviewing new challenges and opportunities and the importance of protecting as well as using biodiversity.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2018.0043.04
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Developing the insect collection at IITA 3 Specific examples demonstrating the importance of an accurate diagnosis 4 Exploiting scientific collections 5 New challenges and opportunities 6 From using to protecting biodiversity 7 Conclusion and future trends 8 References

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