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7. Looking after the plants that support us

7. Looking after the plants that support us  

Timothy Walker

in Plants: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777837
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199584062.003.0007
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chapter
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9780199584062
‘Looking after the plants that support us’ is concerned with plant conservation. It outlines the targets and expectations of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Global ... More
Extinction: A Very Short Introduction

Extinction: A Very Short Introduction  

Paul B. Wignall

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
eISBN: 
9780191844928
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198807285.001.0001
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book
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9780198807285
Extinction has occurred throughout the history of life, with the result that nearly all the species that have ever existed are now extinct. Extinction: A Very Short Introduction looks at ... More
4. The evidence for evolution by natural selection

4. The evidence for evolution by natural selection  

Jonathan Howard

in Darwin: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Feb 2014
eISBN: 
9780191776786
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854544.003.0004
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9780192854544
‘The evidence for evolution by natural selection’ shows that domestication and hybrid fertility provided evidence for evolution and against the fixity of species by experimental ... More
7. Evolution and extinction

7. Evolution and extinction  

Dorrik Stow

in Oceans: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2017
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Jul 2017
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9780191782428
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10.1093/actrade/9780199655076.003.0007
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9780199655076
‘Evolution and extinction’ explores the likely origins of life, its evolution and marked changes, and the major extinction events that have punctuated this progress. The principal focus is ... More
6. Philosophical problems in physics, biology, and psychology

6. Philosophical problems in physics, biology, and psychology  

Samir Okasha

in Philosophy of Science: Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jul 2016
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Jul 2016
eISBN: 
9780191807640
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745587.003.0006
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9780198745587
‘Philosophical problems in physics, biology, and psychology’ examines three philosophical questions that are specific to particular sciences. First, the debate between Gottfried Leibniz and ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Brian Charlesworth and Deborah Charlesworth

in Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
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9780191842719
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804369.003.0001
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9780198804369
The ‘Introduction’ identifies the purpose of this book—to introduce the general reader to some of the most important basic findings, concepts, and procedures of evolutionary biology. ... More
3. Populations

3. Populations  

Jaboury Ghazoul

in Ecology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2020
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Aug 2020
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9780191869013
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10.1093/actrade/9780198831013.003.0003
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9780198831013
‘Populations’ considers the factors behind animal, plant, and insect population outbreaks. Influenced by weather and food, population outbreaks fast exceed available resources and ... More
3. Making more plants

3. Making more plants  

Timothy Walker

in Plants: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777837
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10.1093/actrade/9780199584062.003.0003
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9780199584062
‘Making more plants’ discusses the two main processes of reproduction in plants. Firstly, vegetative, or asexual, reproduction which is simple in that only one plant is required to make ... More
Environmental Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

Environmental Ethics: A Very Short Introduction  

Robin Attfield

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2018
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Dec 2018
eISBN: 
9780191838651
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198797166.001.0001
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book
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9780198797166
Environmental ethics studies the values and principles involved in combating environmental problems such as pollution, loss of species and habitats, and climate change. Environmental ... More
2. Extinction today and efforts to stop it

2. Extinction today and efforts to stop it  

Paul B. Wignall

in Extinction: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
eISBN: 
9780191844928
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10.1093/actrade/9780198807285.003.0002
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9780198807285
The fossil record shows that life has experienced five major mass extinctions. A sixth catastrophe may be underway. Past mass extinctions were geologically short-lived intense crises that ... More
5. Food chains to fish

5. Food chains to fish  

Warwick F. Vincent

in Lakes: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
eISBN: 
9780191821035
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198766735.003.0005
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9780198766735
‘Food chains to fish’ considers the nature of pelagic and benthic food webs and the coupling between them. Life at the bottom of lakes in the benthic zone is mostly made up of worms, ... More
1. Darwin's life

1. Darwin's life  

Jonathan Howard

in Darwin: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Feb 2014
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9780191776786
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854544.003.0001
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9780192854544
‘Darwin's life’ details the life of Charles Darwin (1809–1882), using the wealth of biographical material available. Through his five-year circumnavigation of the globe on HMS Beagle that ... More
2. The foundations of Darwinism

2. The foundations of Darwinism  

Jonathan Howard

in Darwin: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Feb 2014
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9780191776786
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854544.003.0002
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9780192854544
‘The foundations of Darwinism’ introduces the three fundamental conceptions — that of a species, of adaptation, and of evolution itself — that were fused in Darwin's theory of biological ... More
5. Sex, variation, and heredity

5. Sex, variation, and heredity  

Jonathan Howard

in Darwin: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Feb 2014
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9780191776786
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854544.003.0005
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9780192854544
‘Sex, variation, and heredity’ describes the two major generalisations concerning the sexual process that Darwin formulated. Firstly, that sexual reproduction, unlike other modes of ... More
2. Fungal diversity

2. Fungal diversity  

Nicholas P. Money

in Fungi: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
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9780191785825
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10.1093/actrade/9780199688784.003.0002
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9780199688784
‘Fungal diversity’ considers three species that illustrate the spectacular range of structural complexity found among fungi: Olpidium brassicae, Spirodactylon aureum, and Sphaerobolus ... More
5. Making sense of plant diversity

5. Making sense of plant diversity  

Timothy Walker

in Plants: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777837
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199584062.003.0005
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9780199584062
‘Making sense of plant diversity’ looks at the history of the naming and classification of plants. Beginning with Enquiry into Plants by Theophrastus, over 2,300 years ago, details of plant ... More
Sexual Selection: A Very Short Introduction

Sexual Selection: A Very Short Introduction  

Marlene Zuk and Leigh W. Simmons

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2018
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Aug 2018
eISBN: 
9780191823930
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198778752.001.0001
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book
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9780198778752
Sexual Selection: A Very Short Introduction introduces the astounding array of behaviours and decorative traits in the animal world used for competing for mates, and considers ... More
Philosophy of Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Philosophy of Biology: A Very Short Introduction  

Samir Okasha

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2019
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Nov 2019
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9780191844782
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198806998.001.0001
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book
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9780198806998
Philosophy of Biology: A Very Short Introduction outlines the core issues with which contemporary philosophers of biology grapple. Over the last forty years the philosophy of ... More
Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

Evolution: A Very Short Introduction  

Brian Charlesworth and Deborah Charlesworth

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
eISBN: 
9780191842719
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198804369.001.0001
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book
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9780198804369
Less than 150 years ago, the view that living species were the result of special creation by God was still dominant. The recognition by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace of the ... More
3. The evidence for evolution: similarities and differences between organisms

3. The evidence for evolution: similarities and differences between organisms  

Brian Charlesworth and Deborah Charlesworth

in Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2017
Published Online: 
Jun 2017
eISBN: 
9780191842719
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198804369.003.0003
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780198804369
‘The evidence for evolution: similarities and differences between organisms’ shows how the similarities between living creatures can be understood in terms of evolution. The theory of ... More

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