Taxonomy: Impediment or Expedient?

  title={Taxonomy: Impediment or Expedient?},
  author={Quentin Wheeler and Peter H. Raven and Edward O. Wilson},
  pages={285 - 285}
S ociety has a growing need for credible taxonomic information in order to allow us to conserve, manage, understand, and enjoy the natural world. At the same time, support for taxonomy and collections is failing to keep pace. Funds nominally allocated to taxonomy go largely to reconstruct molecular phylogenies, while thousands of species are threatened by imminent extinction. Ecologists working in the tropics have felt this lack of taxonomic knowledge as an impediment that inhibits their… 

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