Getting the measure of biodiversity

@article{Purvis2000GettingTM,
  title={Getting the measure of biodiversity},
  author={A. Purvis and A. Hector},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2000},
  volume={405},
  pages={212-219}
}
  • A. Purvis, A. Hector
  • Published 2000
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The term ‘biodiversity’ is a simple contraction of ‘biological diversity’, and at first sight the concept is simple too: biodiversity is the sum total of all biotic variation from the level of genes to ecosystems. The challenge comes in measuring such a broad concept in ways that are useful. We show that, although biodiversity can never be fully captured by a single number, study of particular facets has led to rapid, exciting and sometimes alarming discoveries. Phylogenetic and temporal… CONTINUE READING
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