Biodiversity: World of insects

  title={Biodiversity: World of insects},
  author={Nigel E. Stork},
  • N. Stork
  • Published 9 August 2007
  • Environmental Science
  • Nature
When it comes to understanding patterns of biodiversity, ours is a little-known planet. Large-scale sampling projects, as carried out in two investigations of insect diversity, show a way forward. 
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