Preserving the evolutionary potential of floras in biodiversity hotspots

  title={Preserving the evolutionary potential of floras in biodiversity hotspots},
  author={F{\'e}lix Forest and Richard Grenyer and Mathieu Rouget and Timothy J. Davies and Richard M. Cowling and Daniel P. Faith and Andrew Balmford and John Charles Manning and Şerban Procheş and Michelle van der Bank and Gail Reeves and Terry A. J. Hedderson and Vincent Savolainen},
One of the biggest challenges for conservation biology is to provide conservation planners with ways to prioritize effort. Much attention has been focused on biodiversity hotspots. However, the conservation of evolutionary process is now also acknowledged as a priority in the face of global change. Phylogenetic diversity (PD) is a biodiversity index that measures the length of evolutionary pathways that connect a given set of taxa. PD therefore identifies sets of taxa that maximize the… CONTINUE READING
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