Special Issue "Biodiversity Loss & Habitat Fragmentation"


A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2015

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mario A. Pagnotta
Department of Science and Technologies for Agriculture, Forestry, Nature and Energy (DAFNE), Tuscia University, Via S. C. de Lellis, snc 01100 Viterbo, Italy
E-Mail: pagnotta@unitus.it
Phone: +39 0761 357423
Interests: plant population genetics; plant evolution and domestication; in situ and ex situ conservation of plant germplasm; molecular characterization; molecular markers; molecular evolution; plant breeding

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Convention on the Biological Diversity and the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy define biodiversity as the variety of life and its processes. The main concern of several International Conventions is to limit biodiversity reduction, especially the number of species lost. However, the conservation is highly linked with the habitat conservation and the habitat fragmentation.

The species have different habitat requirement. Moreover some species are cosmopolite, well adapted to several habitats, some other are endemic, developed on specific isolated habitat such as islands. The more specific and localized is the habitat requirement, the greater the vulnerability of species to be lost.

The habitat fragmentation is one of the reasons of habitat loss, which is under evaluation, yet not recognized. The fragmented habitat is a tiny “island” that can at best maintain a very small population. Environmental fluctuations, disease, and other factors make such small isolates highly vulnerable to extinction. Moreover, small population and genetic drift are other important causes of biodiversity loss in this tiny “island”. In addition, there are species that require a large habitat area, such as a grizzly bear, which will not survive if the area is too small. Finally, small fragmented habitats have a strong border effect, i.e. are strongly affected by their surroundings, in terms of climate, dispersing species, etc.

In this Diversity’s special issue titled “Biodiversity Loss & Habitat Fragmented”, we would like increase knowledge on the above mention aspects, publishing papers on the biodiversity loss, habitat fragmentation and genetic drift, as well as contributions focusing on the aspect connected with these such as reserve management, statistical methods and tools used.

Prof. Dr. Mario A. Pagnotta
Guest Editor


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  • biodiversity loss
  • biodiversity conservation
  • biodiversity reduction
  • in-situ and ex-situ conservation
  • habitat fragmentation
  • genetic drift
  • reserve management
  • endangered species

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p. 779-795
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Diversity 2013, 5(4), 779-795; doi:10.3390/d5040779
Received: 8 August 2013; in revised form: 15 October 2013 / Accepted: 5 November 2013 / Published: 13 November 2013
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p. 557-580
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Diversity 2013, 5(3), 557-580; doi:10.3390/d5030557
Received: 13 May 2013; in revised form: 21 June 2013 / Accepted: 16 July 2013 / Published: 2 August 2013
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p. 335-351
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Diversity 2013, 5(2), 335-351; doi:10.3390/d5020335
Received: 4 February 2013; in revised form: 3 April 2013 / Accepted: 15 April 2013 / Published: 2 May 2013
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