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Species: The Evolution of the Idea, Second Edition

John S. Wilkins
February 05, 2018

Over time the complex idea of "species" has evolved, yet its meaning is far from resolved. This comprehensive work is a fresh look at an idea central to the field of biology by tracing its history from antiquity to today. Species is a benchmark exploration and clarification of a concept fundamental...

Light Harvesting in Photosynthesis

Roberta Croce, Rienk van Grondelle, Herbert van Amerongen, Ivo van Stokkum
February 01, 2018

This landmark collective work introduces the physical, chemical, and biological principles underlying photosynthesis: light absorption, excitation energy transfer, and charge separation. It begins with an introduction to properties of various pigments, and the pigment proteins in plant, algae, and...

Biotechnology to Enhance Sugarcane Productivity and Stress Tolerance

Kalpana Sengar
February 01, 2018

Sugarcane is the most important plant source for sugar and alcohol production and is cultivated in more than 80 countries in tropical and subtropical areas. However, environmental factors negatively influence its yield and jeopardize the prospect to meet the increasing demand for sugar, other...

Therapeutic and Nutritional Uses of Algae

Leonel Pereira
February 01, 2018

Algae have been used since ancient times as food, fodder, fertilizer and as source of medicine. Nowadays seaweeds represent an unlimited source of the raw materials used in pharmaceutical, food industries, medicine and cosmetics. They are nutritionally valuable as fresh or dried vegetables, or as...

African Indigenous Medical Knowledge and Human Health

Charles Wambebe
February 01, 2018

Despite the relevance of and empirical evidence for African Traditional Medicine, based on African Indigenous Medical Knowledge (AIMK), research and development of new phytomedicines from this continent has been slow. African Indigenous Medical Knowledge and Human Health aims to...

Bench to Bedside: Diagnostic Microbiology for the Clinicians

Nancy Khardori
January 31, 2018

This reference text is a must have for any current or future clinicians or students of microbiology. It is concisely organized to provide vital information on many of the microbes one will regularly encounter and the most efficacious ways of addressing associated infections. Discussion of...

Biology and Culture of Portunid Crabs of World Seas

Ramasamy Santhanam
January 31, 2018

This volume provides an abundance of valuable first-hand information about the diversity, biology, ecology culture of the portunid crabs of the word seas. Marine crabs play an important role directly or indirectly in the livelihood of millions of people around the world. They have been...

Plant Viruses: Diversity, Interaction and Management

Rajarshi Kumar Gaur, SMP Khurana, Yuri Dorokhov
January 31, 2018

Plant viruses are significant as they affect our food supply and are capable of rapidly spreading to new plant species, so a comprehensive study of plant viruses is important in understanding their pathogenesis and prevention. This book focuses on the plant virus evolution, their molecular...

History of Plant Breeding

Rolf H. J. Schlegel
January 26, 2018

While there has been great progress in the development of plant breeding over the last decade, the selection of suitable plants for human consumption began over 13,000 years ago. Since the Neolithic era, the cultivation of plants has progressed in Asia Minor, Asia, Europe, and ancient America, each...

Extremophiles: From Biology to Biotechnology

Ravi V. Durvasula, D. V. Subba Rao
January 25, 2018

Extremophiles are nature’s ultimate survivors, thriving in environments ranging from the frozen Antarctic to abyssal hot hydrothermal vents. Their lifeforms span bacteria to fishes, and are categorized as halophiles from hypersaline environments, acidophiles from acidic waters, psychrophiles from...

Strategies for Bioremediation of Organic and Inorganic Pollutants

Maria S. Fuentes, Verónica L. Colin, Juliana M. Saez
January 25, 2018

Increased awareness surrounding environmental protection has prompted the development of more ecofriendly technologies. This book provides useful information on technologies based upon the use of biological agents for environmental clean-up, including bacteria, yeast, fungi, algae, and plants. Some...

Case Studies in Infection Control

Meera Chand, John Holton
January 24, 2018

Case Studies in Infection Control has 25 cases, each focusing on an infectious disease, which illustrate the critical aspects of infection control and prevention. Scenarios in the cases are real events from both community and hospital situations, and written by experts. Although brief comments are...