Diversify or Die!

June 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

A team of UBC scientists recently published an alarming article in Nature warning that the loss of the planet’s biological diversity is increasingly threatening Mother Nature’s ability to provide humans with goods and services like food, water, fodder, fertile soils, and protection from pests and disease.

According to the team of 17 researchers, genetic diversity increases the yield of commercial crops, enhances the production of wood in tree plantations, improves the production of fodder in grasslands, and increases the stability of yields in fisheries. Plant diversity also contributes to greater resistance to invasion by exotic plants, inhibits plant pathogens such as fungal and viral infections, increases above-ground carbon sequestration through enhanced biomass, and increases nutrient remineralization and soil organic matter.

Unfortunately, ongoing loss of biological diversity is diminishing the ability of ecosystems to sustain human societies. According to the researchers, this warning, which has been turned into a scientific consensus statement, is as important as prior landmark consensus statements which led to public warnings that tobacco use is harmful to your health. In other words, take the warning seriously or we will all suffer the consequences!

For more information visit the UBC website.

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