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June 2006 193NEW BIOLOGICAL BOOKS saved much wildlife and harvesting of wild plants
 

Summary: June 2006 193NEW BIOLOGICAL BOOKS
saved much wildlife and harvesting of wild plants
and animals. Here, the concepts of conservation
and sustainable economic production get inter-
mingled. Food supply will have to be increased dra-
matically for an ever increasing human population.
For economic, ecological, and social reasons this
has to be extended beyond national boundaries.
Finding soft solutions for quantitative and qualita-
tive increases of food, reducing costs, and environ-
mental risks might be even more difficult than just
maximizing yields per land unit. The combined
rice and fish production is a good example of how
biocoenotic systems can lead to increased produc-
tion on the same land area, while at the same time
keeping pests and diseases below levels that affect
yields and reduce external input costs without the
application of biocides. Cocultivation of fish in rice
fields and other aquatic habitats created by the rice
growing enterprise could provide much needed

  

Source: Aguirre, Windsor E. - Department of Ecology and Evolution, SUNY at Stony Brook

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine