Barcoding Life to Conserve Biological Diversity: Beyond the Taxonomic Imperative

submitted by: iBOL
In the 250 years since the Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus first started classifying organisms, taxonomists have formally described roughly 1.7 million species. Although seemingly large, this number represents only a small fraction of the estimated tens of millions of species on the planet. Moreover, human activities are causing the extinction of species hundreds of times faster than the natural rate of extinction found in the fossil record. Fully one-third of all species on the planet may...
Authors: Ronnie Vernooy, Ejnavarzala Haribabu, Manuel ruiz Muller, Joseph henry Vogel, Paul d. n. Hebert, David e. Schindel, Junko Shimura, Gregory a. c. Singer