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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Livestock biodiversity is integral to our culture, history, environment,
economy and, most importantly, our future. Thousands of livestock breeds, from
relatively small genetic pools, have evolved over time to suit particular
environments and farming systems. This is both the result of natural processes
and of human needs for specialized livestock - as our knowledge of genetics
continues to increase we achieve a greater understanding of how this
This book offers a detailed and comprehensive overview of livestock
biodiversity. It explores the history behind it, shows how livestock
biodiversity can be utilized as animal genetic resources through breed
development and by crossbreeding, examines the state of world livestock
biodiversity today, and emphasizes the importance of conserving and developing
the biodiversity of livestock.
Special consideration is given to:
* How livestock biodiversity arose and is maintained in relation to human
* How it can be used in sustainable agricultural development
* How it can be conserved for the benefit of present and future generations
* Why conservation biologists, as well as agriculturists, should be involved
in its protection