Biodiversity and Conservation is an international journal devoted to the publication of articles on all aspects of biological diversity - its description, analysis and conservation, and its controlled rational use by humankind. The scope of Biodiversity and Conservation is wide and multidisciplinary, and embraces all life-forms. Original research and review papers, as well as Editorials, Comments and Letters to the Editor, on biodiversity and conservation, and contributions which deal with the practicalities of conservation management, economic, social and political issues and with case studies are welcome. The journal provides a forum for examining the conflict between sustainable development and human dependence on biodiversity, in such fields as agriculture, environmental management and biotechnology. The Editors encourage contributors from developing countries in order to realize proper global perspectives on matters of biodiversity and conservation. However, this is not a taxonomic journal and does not publish new scientific names of species or other ranks except in exceptional circumstances.