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About the Author
H D Kumar :-
He (Ph.D. (London) 1963) has taught algal biotechnology, microbial and molecular genetics, and other aspects of modem biology to students at several universities, including Bihar, Gorakhpur, Udaipur, Himachal Pradesh and Banaras. A fellow of all the three premiere science academies of India, Professor Kumar was Coordinator of the multi-faculty Biotechnology Programme at Banaras Hindu University from 1989 to 1991. He has widely travelled and lectured in many countries and has held visiting professorships at Nara Women's University, Japan, and Philipps University, Germany. He has published 150 research papers and twelve books in diverse areas, including Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and General Ecology, widely acclaimed books, published by 'Vikas'.
About the Book
The present edition has been substantially revised. Additions have been made in most of the chapters to update them. Several new topics such as the green-house effect, global warning, ozone depletion, biodiversity, global climatic change and ecological complexity, and acidification have been added to reflect the worldwide focus. Several new diagrams and tables have been incorporated, and some older and outdated material has been deleted.
The book gives a concise, integrated and updated account of some of the more important unifying concepts that dominate the twentieth century ecology and stimulate the thinking and research effort of those concerned with the well-being and quality of our environment. Such interesting and popular topics of considerable current concern as environmental pollution, conservation and exploitation of natural resources and competition and predation, have been discussed not from the restricting and isolationist viewpoints of plant or animal ecologist but in the context of the development, dynamics, and disruption of total and integrated ecosystems.
The book should prove useful and informative to students, teachers and researchers of Zoology, Botany, Geography, Ecology, Agriculture, Public Health and other allied disciplines.
Table of Content
Ecosystem and Allied Concepts • Community and Population Ecology • Species Interactions • Energetics and Nutrient Cycles • Systems Ecology, Continuum Concept and Succession • World Biota and Biodiversity • Ecological Studies in Developing Countries • The Biosphere and Its Pollution—Water Pollution • Air Pollution • Natural Resources and Their Conservation