Родина для растений

ДАРЕМ, СЕВЕРНАЯ КАРОЛИНА – Мой день начинается с чашки кофе и заканчивается горячим шоколадом. Между этим, я употребляю разнообразные продукты питания и медикаменты, в том числе мою ежедневную дозу аспирина: 81мг. Яркие орхидеи оживляют мой кабинет и из окна я мельком вижу мой зеленый сад. Короче говоря, моя жизнь, как и у всех, обогащена, улучшена и расширена безграничным разнообразием растений и их производных.

Но биоразнообразие, от которого все мы зависим, находится под угрозой так как человеческая деятельность опустошает леса и другие места обитания с богатой растительностью. Возникает вопрос: как быстро разрушаются виды растений и что можно сделать, чтобы остановить это?

Разработка эффективных стратегий сохранения должна начаться со знанием видов растений, которые мы должны защищать. До сих пор, таксономисты описали около 297,500 видов растений. Сколько они еще не описали? Где мы можем их найти?

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