2001, 239 pages, 40 illustrations. Eminent ecologists describe Earth’s biological diversity, showing essential role of natural systems in protecting basic lifesupport systems. Discusses species providing ecosystem services that maintain air and water quality, soil fertility, dispose of domestic, industrial and agricultural waste, and protect crops from pests. Shows how biological diversity leads to new medicines, construction materials and manufactured goods. Describes innovative industries using species for repair of damaged landscapes, biological mining, biological pest control, and environmental biomonitoring. Hardcover; 5-1/2 x 8-1/4″.