What is biodiversity, and why does it matter?

Ocelot. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Ocelot. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

“Why should I care about biodiversity?” This is a question posed by CSIRO scientists Steve Morton, Andy Sheppard and Mark Lonsdale in a recent Conversation article.

The authors outline what biodiversity is and why it’s important in terms of provision of clean air and clean water. Unfortunately, as we know, biodiversity is in decline, but at least a range of science projects (including genomics) are aiming to stop and eventually reverse biodiversity decline: we just need policy to support these aims.

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About Prof Andy Lowe

Prof Andy Lowe is a British-Australian scientist and expert on plants and trees, particularly the monitoring, management and utilisation of genetic, biological and ecosystem resources. He has discovered new species, lost forests, championed to eliminate illegally logged timber in global supply chains, served the UN’s Office of Drugs and Crime and has been responsible for securing multi-million dollar research funding. He is an experienced and respected executive leader, as well as mid-career mentor. Andy is the inaugural Director of Food Innovation at the University of Adelaide serving as the external face for all significant food industry and government sectors across South Australia, and the world.
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