Keeping genetic diversity in plants isn't just an issue for gardeners. Foodies and chefs have a stake in it as well. By growing and eating endangered foods they can help keep genetic diversity alive for future generations.
According to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a quarter of the world’s known plant species—some 60,000 to 100,000 species—are threatened with extinction. And even though plants may not receive as much attention as endangered animals, they are essential. Among their many attributes, plants are a vital source of food, they can help stabilize the climate, and they also provide shelter, medicines, and fuel.
Often, certain types of plants of a species become extinct because humans deliberately select and mass produce one type of plant, a process called monocropping. For example, bananas have been genetically altered to such an extent that they no longer have seeds and so can’t reproduce on their own. Those banana plants that are in existence are slowly being destroyed by parasites. With monocropping destroying the biodiversity of our world, is there a solution that can help to preserve these plants for future generations? YES – the answer is a seed bank.
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Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 23, 2012 - A famous mathematical formula which shook the world of ecology 40 years ago has been revisited and refined by two University of Chicago researchers in the current issue of Nature.
Many ideals, actions, and movements considered as fringe or radical by the standards of mainstream culture have gained prominence as global biodiversity withers and the biogeochemical cycles of the entire Earth System are upset by human activities.
Plants often regarded as common weeds such as thistles, buttercups and clover could be critical in safe guarding fragile food webs on UK farms according to Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
What has biodiversity got to do with business? A lot!
Investment, profit and growth rate are components of business. But there is an unknown ingredient that is crucial to sustained business productivity—biodiversity.
Business depends on biodiversity. Plant and animal species and their ecosystems provide business with both raw materials and products: clean air and water, food, medicine, water, building materials, paper, fuel, fiber; and services mentioned earlier, which are vital for a stable operating environment.
As many as 40 percent of amphibious species, which include frogs, salamanders and newts, could be facing "imminent extinction," according to David Wake, a researcher at the University of California Berkeley.
"It's happening around the world … we're seeing it on our watch," he says.
Bruno Manser Fund investigation in the Bakun dam’s exclusion zone shows increased poverty due to Malaysia’s disaster dam. Displaced indigenous communities forced to live in floating homes on Bakun impoundment.
Living in man-made environments has disconnected us from the source of all life - Nature making it easy for us to consume Her without thought or realizing the impact we are having on our biodiversity. We have lost our sense that we are part of the natural world
Water is every thing for villagers living near Brazil’s Tapajós River. It is their highway, their livelihood and their primary source of food. And it is affecting their well being. Canadian researchers are working to solve this issue.
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Preservation of indigenous crop strains, a strong political will and a people's movement towards organic farming are the need of the hour for agro biodiversity that were discussed at a session at the Vasundhara International Film Festival, on...
For a one-time payment of $30 billion, we as a species could cordon off 25 hotspots across the globe and preserve 60 percent of the Earth’s biodiversity, but is this plan worth the economic and ethical costs?