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An ecosystem, when undisturbed, tends to have a great variety of species forming a complex web of interactions. The range of natural variety of species and ecosystems, and the measure of variability of genes within the species in a particular habitat is called biological diversity, or biodiversity.

Biodiversity Articles

How Global Is The Global Biodiversity Information Facility?
Biologists and computer scientists have appealed for more information on the world's biodiversity to be stored digitally so it may better be used to understand the impact of climate change on the Earth's flora and fauna.

Date: 7 Oct 2008, Rating: 1.00

The word "biodiversity" is a contracted version of "biological diversity".

Date: 23 Nov 2007, Rating: 3.93, 2 pages

Northern Africa and biodiversity
Northern Africa falls within the arid belt extending from the Atlantic to central Asia.

Date: 23 Nov 2007, Rating: 9.00, 3 pages

Kinetic effects of temperature on rates of genetic divergence and speciation
Latitudinal gradients of biodiversity and macroevolutionary dynamics are prominent yet poorly understood.

Date: 23 Nov 2007, Rating: 3.50, 7 pages

Farm-scale evaluation of the impacts of transgenic cotton on biodiversity, pesticide use, and yield
Higher yields and reduced pesticide impacts are needed to mitigate the effects of agricultural intensification.

Date: 23 Nov 2007, Rating: 1.00, 6 pages

Relative resource abundance explains butterfly biodiversity in island communities
Ecologists have long been intrigued by the factors that control the pattern of biodiversity, i.e., the distribution and abundance of species.

Date: 23 Nov 2007, Rating: 3.00, 8 pages

The history of early bee diversification based on five genes plus morphology
Bees, the largest (>16,000 species) and most important radiation of pollinating insects, originated in early to mid-Cretaceous, roughly in synchrony with the angiosperms (flowering plants).

Date: 22 Nov 2007, Rating: 1.00, 8 pages

Biodiversity loss linked to economic inequality worldwide
McGill researchers show income inequality predicts number of threatened species

Date: 22 Nov 2007, Rating: 1.75

ETH Project with Costa Rica Set up for Drug Discovery
Nature produces highly interesting substances, which for years have met with great scientific interest.

Date: 22 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

Regional warming-induced species shift in NW Mediterranean marine caves
The north-western Mediterranean Sea has a high biodiversity reflecting a mixture of temperate and subtropical species.

Date: 22 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

Richness of Marine Life is Under Threat
Future potential for the production of new wonder drugs - including anti-cancer agents - from marine animals and plants, is under threat

Date: 22 Nov 2007, Rating: 2.75

International agreement takes Catalogue of Life forward
There is no catalogue of the known organisms on Earth

Date: 22 Nov 2007, Rating: 3.00

Biodiversity and resilience of coral reefs
With over 3000 fish species, Indo-Pacific coral reefs represent one of the most diverse ecosystems on the globe.

Date: 22 Nov 2007, Rating: 5.00

Underdogs in the understory: Study suggests nature favors rarer trees
A study of seven tropical forests around the world has revealed that nature encourages biodiversity by favoring the growth of less common trees.

Date: 22 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

Polar pecking order and biodiversity
New research into how biodiversity is generated and maintained in the seas surrounding hostile Polar Regions is reported

Date: 22 Nov 2007, Rating: 5.00

Biodiversity promotes evolutionary change
Evolutionary biologists at the University of East Anglia have discovered a new link between biodiversity and the evolution of new species.

Date: 22 Nov 2007, Rating: 4.50

New research finds surveys of larval-stage organisms effective for measuring marine biodiversity
BU biologist discovers diversity in mantis shrimp underestimated

Date: 22 Nov 2007, Rating: 3.00

Fishing kills Fijian coral reefs
Outbreaks of a coral-eating starfish have occurred in Fiji resulting from overexploitation of the predatory fishes that normally limit its numbers.

Date: 22 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

Media invitation: How many species in Noah's Arc?
Scientists gather in Mallorca (Spain) to assess the role of biodiversity in ecosystem function.

Date: 22 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

Manipulating biotope space can enhance beneficial biodiversity effects
Using diverse plant mixtures instead of monocultures can increase yield and other ecosystem goods and services on which humans depend.

Date: 22 Nov 2007, Rating: 1.00