Biodiversity and green open space

Prance, Ghillean T., Dixon, Geoffrey R. and Aldous, David E. (2014). Biodiversity and green open space. In Geoffrey R. Dixon and David E. Aldous (Ed.), Horticulture: plants for people and places, volume 2: environmental horticulture (pp. 787-816) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Netherlands. doi:10.1007/978-94-017-8581-5_9

Author Prance, Ghillean T.
Dixon, Geoffrey R.
Aldous, David E.
Title of chapter Biodiversity and green open space
Title of book Horticulture: plants for people and places, volume 2: environmental horticulture
Place of Publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-8581-5_9
Open Access Status
Year available 2014
ISBN 9789401785808
Editor Geoffrey R. Dixon
David E. Aldous
Volume number 2
Chapter number 24
Start page 787
End page 816
Total pages 30
Total chapters 39
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Biodiversity has been defined as the totality of genes, species, and ecosystems that inhabit the earth with the field contributing to many aspects of our lives and livelihoods by providing us with food, drink, medicines and shelter, as well as contributing to improving our surrounding environment. Benefits include providing life services through improved horticultural production, improving the business and service of horticulture as well as our environment, as well as improving our health and wellbeing, and our social and cultural relationships. Threats to biodiversity can include fragmentation, degradation and deforestation of habitat, introduction of invasive and exotic species, climate change and extreme weather events, over-exploitation of our natural resources, hybridisation, genetic pollution/erosion and food security issues and human overpopulation. This chapter examines a series of examples that provide the dual aims of biodiversity conservation and horticultural production and service; namely organic horticultural cropping, turf management, and nature-based tourism, and ways of valuing biological biodiversity such as the payment of environmental services and bio-prospecting. Horticulture plays a major role in the preserving of biodiversity.
Keyword Biodiversity
Natural value
Green space
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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