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Biodiversity in Agriculture
Domestication, Evolution, and Sustainability

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Bruce D. Smith, Paul Gepts, Robert Bettinger, Stephen Brush, Ardeshir Damania, Thomas Famula, Patrick McGuire, Calvin Qualset, Jared Diamond, David R. Harris, Ofer Bar-Yosef, George Willcox, Dorian Q. Fuller, Dolores R. Piperno, Peter Bellwood, M. Kat Anderson, Eric Wohlgemuth, Melinda A. Zeder, Leif Andersson, Bridgett M. vonHoldt, Melissa M. Gray, Robert K. Wayne, Loren Cordain, Matthew S. Hickey, Kami Kim, Susan R. McCouch, Michael J. Kovach, Megan Sweeney, Hui Jiang, Mande Semon, M. I. Chacón S., J. R. Motta-Aldana, M. L. Serrano S., D. G. Debouck, Elizabeth A. Veasey, Eduardo A. Bressan, Marcos V. B. M. Siqueira, Aline Borges, Jurema R. Queiroz-Silva, Kayo J. C. Pereira, Gustavo H. Recchia, Lin Chau Ming, C. L. Laxmipathi Gowda, K. B. Saxena, R. K. Srivastava, H. D. Upadhyaya, S. N. Silim, D. B. McKey, M. Elias, B. Pujol, A. Duputié, Gary Paul Nabhan, Ken Wilson, Ogonazar Aknazarov, Karim-Aly Kassam, Laurie Monti, David Cavagnaro, Shawn Kelly, Tai Johnson, Ferrell Sekacucu, Jan Salick, B. L. Turner II, Deborah Lawrence, Karl S. Zimmerer, Roger R. B. Leakey, James Lapsley, Charles W. Bamforth, Robbin W. Thorp, Dennis Hedgecock, Juan F. Medrano
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  • Date Published: March 2012
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  • isbn: 9780521170871

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  • The introduction of plant and animal agriculture represents one of the most important milestones in human evolution. It contributed to the development of cities, alphabets, new technologies, and ultimately to civilizations, but it has also presented a threat to both human health and the environment. Bringing together research from a range of fields including anthropology, archaeology, ecology, economics, entomology, ethnobiology, genetics and geography, this book addresses key questions relating to agriculture. Why did agriculture develop and where did it originate? What are the patterns of domestication for plants and animals? How did agroecosystems originate and spread from their locations of origin? Exploring the cultural aspects of the development of agricultural ecosystems, the book also highlights how these topics can be applied to our understanding of contemporary agriculture, its long-term sustainability, the co-existence of agriculture and the environment, and the development of new crops and varieties.

    • A synthesis of the most recent research results and implications for the origin of crops and domesticated animals
    • Provides examples of how crop and animal genetic diversity contributes to sustainability of agriculture, enabling a better understanding of the value of genetic diversity
    • Explores the cultural aspects of the development of agriculture ecosystems, highlighting the wider context
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    "There is a directionality to it that takes the reader on a comprehensive journey from the emergence of agriculture 10,000 or so years ago to the cutting edge of modern crop and animal sciences, fields in which scholars grapple with the complex relationships among biodiversity, domestication, and the sustainability of the food production system. Biodiversity in Agriculture is a volume that should be read by graduate students in both the natural and social sciences, because it demonstrates the value of inter-disciplinary approaches to scholarship."
    Gary S. Kleppel, University at Albany for BioScience

    "The editors did an admirable job of weaving together 28 contributions of distinct thematic and technical focus into a unified book. Their introduction presents 10 unanswered research questions, which capture the breadth of the volume and guide their selection of the chapters that follow. This is an ambitious book of high scholarly merit. It will be particularly well received by agricultural scientists interested in domestication and evolution under human management."
    Soroush Parsa, International Center for Tropical Agriculture, for the Quarterly Review of Biology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521170871
    • length: 630 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.24kg
    • contains: 111 b/w illus. 10 colour illus. 34 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Foreword Bruce D. Smith
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction. The domestication of plants and animals: ten unanswered questions Paul Gepts, Robert Bettinger, Stephen Brush, Ardeshir Damania, Thomas Famula, Patrick McGuire and Calvin Qualset
    1. The local origins of domestication Jared Diamond
    Part I. Early Steps in Agricultural Domestication:
    2. Evolution of agro-ecosystems: biodiversity, origins and differential development David R. Harris
    3. From foraging to farming in western and eastern Asia Ofer Bar-Yosef
    4. Predomestic cultivation during the late Pleistocene and early Holocene in the Northern Levant George Willcox
    5. New archaeobotanical information on plant domestication from macro-remains: tracking the evolution of domestication syndrome traits Dorian Q. Fuller
    6. New archaeobotanical information on early cultivation and plant domestication involving microplant remains Dolores R. Piperno
    7. How and why did agriculture spread? Peter Bellwood
    8. California Indian proto-agriculture: its characterization and legacy M. Kat Anderson and Eric Wohlgemuth
    Part II. Domestication of Animals and Impacts on Humans:
    9. Pathways to animal domestication Melinda A. Zeder
    10. Genetics of animal domestication Leif Andersson
    11. Genome-wide approaches for the study of dog domestication Bridgett M. vonHoldt, Melissa M. Gray and Robert K. Wayne
    12. Malaria and rickets represent selective forces for the convergent evolution of adult lactase persistence Loren Cordain, Matthew S. Hickey and Kami Kim
    Part III. Issues in Plant Domestication:
    13. The dynamics of rice domestication: a balance between gene flow and genetic isolation Susan R. McCouch, Michael J. Kovach, Megan Sweeney, Hui Jiang and Mande Semon
    14. Domestication of lima beans: a new look at an old problem M. I. Chacón S., J. R. Motta-Aldana, M. L. Serrano S. and D. G. Debouck
    15. Genetic characterization of cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) and yam (Dioscorea trifida L.) landraces in swidden agriculture systems in Brazil Elizabeth A. Veasey, Eduardo A. Bressan, Marcos V. B. M. Siqueira, Aline Borges, Jurema R. Queiroz-Silva, Kayo J. C. Pereira, Gustavo H. Recchia and Lin Chau Ming
    16. Pigeonpea – from an orphan to a leader in food legumes C. L. Laxmipathi Gowda, K. B. Saxena, R. K. Srivastava, H. D. Upadhyaya and S. N. Silim
    Part IV. Traditional Management of Biodiversity:
    17. Ecological approaches to crop domestication D. B. McKey, M. Elias, B. Pujol and A. Duputié
    18. Agrobiodiversity shifts on three continents since Vavilov and Harlan: assessing causes, processes and implications for food security Gary Paul Nabhan, Ken Wilson, Ogonazar Aknazarov, Karim-Aly Kassam, Laurie Monti, David Cavagnaro, Shawn Kelly, Tai Johnson and Ferrell Sekacucu
    19. Indigenous peoples conserving, managing, and creating biodiversity Jan Salick
    20. Land architecture in the Maya lowlands: implications for sustainability B. L. Turner II and Deborah Lawrence
    21. Agrobiodiversity and water resources in agricultural landscape evolution (Andean Valley irrigation, Bolivia, 1986 to 2008) Karl S. Zimmerer
    Part V. Uses of Biodiversity and New and Future Domestications:
    22. Participatory domestication of indigenous fruit and nut trees: new crops for sustainable agriculture in developing countries Roger R. B. Leakey
    23. The introduction and dispersal of Vitis vinifera into California: a case study of the interaction of man, plants, economics, and environment James Lapsley
    24. Genetic resources of yeast and other micro-organisms Charles W. Bamforth
    25. Biodiversity of native bees and crop pollination with emphasis on California Robbin W. Thorp
    26. Aquaculture, the next wave of domestication Dennis Hedgecock
    27. Genetic sustainability and biodiversity: challenges to the California dairy industry Juan F. Medrano
    Index.

  • Editors

    Paul Gepts, University of California, Davis
    Paul Gepts is Professor of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis.

    Thomas R. Famula, University of California, Davis
    Thomas R. Famula is Professor of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis.

    Robert L. Bettinger, University of California, Davis
    Robert L. Bettinger is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis.

    Stephen B. Brush, University of California, Davis
    Stephen B. Brush is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Human and Community Development, University of California, Davis.

    Ardeshir B. Damania, University of California, Davis
    Ardeshir B. Damania is an Associate in the Agricultural Experiment Station, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis.

    Patrick E. McGuire, University of California, Davis
    Patrick E. McGuire is Academic Coordinator in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis.

    Calvin O. Qualset, University of California, Davis
    Calvin O. Qualset is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis.

    Contributors

    Bruce D. Smith, Paul Gepts, Robert Bettinger, Stephen Brush, Ardeshir Damania, Thomas Famula, Patrick McGuire, Calvin Qualset, Jared Diamond, David R. Harris, Ofer Bar-Yosef, George Willcox, Dorian Q. Fuller, Dolores R. Piperno, Peter Bellwood, M. Kat Anderson, Eric Wohlgemuth, Melinda A. Zeder, Leif Andersson, Bridgett M. vonHoldt, Melissa M. Gray, Robert K. Wayne, Loren Cordain, Matthew S. Hickey, Kami Kim, Susan R. McCouch, Michael J. Kovach, Megan Sweeney, Hui Jiang, Mande Semon, M. I. Chacón S., J. R. Motta-Aldana, M. L. Serrano S., D. G. Debouck, Elizabeth A. Veasey, Eduardo A. Bressan, Marcos V. B. M. Siqueira, Aline Borges, Jurema R. Queiroz-Silva, Kayo J. C. Pereira, Gustavo H. Recchia, Lin Chau Ming, C. L. Laxmipathi Gowda, K. B. Saxena, R. K. Srivastava, H. D. Upadhyaya, S. N. Silim, D. B. McKey, M. Elias, B. Pujol, A. Duputié, Gary Paul Nabhan, Ken Wilson, Ogonazar Aknazarov, Karim-Aly Kassam, Laurie Monti, David Cavagnaro, Shawn Kelly, Tai Johnson, Ferrell Sekacucu, Jan Salick, B. L. Turner II, Deborah Lawrence, Karl S. Zimmerer, Roger R. B. Leakey, James Lapsley, Charles W. Bamforth, Robbin W. Thorp, Dennis Hedgecock, Juan F. Medrano

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