Wild Solutions

Wild Solutions : How Biodiversity is Money in the Bank

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Wild Solutions urges us to protect the biological wealth of our Earth from destructive human activity. Here, two eminent ecologists explain how the millions of species living on Earth - some microscopic, some obscure, many threatened - not only help keep us alive but also hold possibilities for previously unimagined products, medicines, and even industries. In an Afterword written especially for this edition, the authors consider the impact of two revolutions now taking place: the increasing rate at which we are discovering new species because of new technology available to us and the accelarating rate at which we are losing biological diversity. Also reviewed and summarized are many "new" wild solutions, such as innocative approaches to the discovery of pharmaceuticals, the "lotus effect", the ever-growing importance of bacteria, molecular biomimetics, ecological restoration, and robotics.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 261 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 20mm | 358.34g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • 0522851487
  • 9780522851489
  • 2,074,423

About Andrew J. Beattie

Andrew Beattie is director of the Commonwealth Key Centre for Biodiversity and Bioresources and Christine Turnbull is research associate, both at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Paul R. Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies in the department of biological sciences at Stanford University.show more

Table of contents

1 Introduction; 2 Exploring a Little-Known Planet; 3 Basic Survival; 4 The Natural Internet; 5 Thirst: Ecosystems and the World's Water Supply; 6 Garbage Red in Tooth and Claw; 7 Natural Enemies are Best Friends; 8 Naturally Selected; 9 Miners' Canaries and Sentinel Pigs; 10 Chemical Engineers; 11 Blueprints and Inspiration from the Wild; 12 Wild Medicine; 13 Savings and Loansshow more

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