On the use of biotechnology for biodiversity conservation in arid countries with special reference to Oman

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Abstract

The paper considers the possible uses of biotechnology for biodiversity conservation in arid countries with special reference to Oman, wherever appropriate. The application of biotechnology for biodiversity conservation is poorly understood in the arid regions and, therefore, there is a need for strategies to link these two areas. There are four categories of challenges, (i) Environmental, (ii) Scientific, (ii) Socioeconomic and (iv) Administrative. Overcoming these challenges and benefiting from the potential of biotechnology to promote biodiversity conservation should receive serious attention in the arid nations of the developing world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)900-908
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Studies
Volume70
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

Keywords

  • Arid regions
  • Biodiversity
  • Bioprospecting
  • Biotechnology
  • Conservation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology

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