Month: January 2009

Links for 2009-01-04: The Creature Crisis

The Creature Crisis In New Zealand we could discover and name a new species every day for a long time, with the right level of resources applied to the task. New Zealand ranks among Conservation International’s top-25 biodiversity hotspots – “the richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life on Earth”. About 80% of the plants found here occur nowhere else, making it an enormous job to identify and record them, along with all the other life-forms. “In some groups we really are in a mess. For example, although there are a number of good mycologists in New Zealand study-ing fungi, it’s a group of perhaps 20,000 species and only three or four people are working on them." For those already working in the field, the irony is that at the very time their discipline is withering, the demand for biosystematic skills to serve the emphasis on biodiversity, climate change, conservation, sustainability and biosecurity – all of which the Government claims to give priority to – has never been greater. (tags: NZ NewZealand …