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  • Geographical region(s): Greece, Bulgaria, N. Macedonia
  • Ecosystem coverage: Freshwater, Terrestrial
  • Taxonomic group(s): Plants
  • Host institute(s): University of Thessaly (Greece)
  • Time span: Finished
  • Description: Plants are essential for many aspects of our daily lives as they provide food, medicines, and construction materials. Plants also affect us negatively through pollen and resulting allergies, poisonous species in gardens and pastures and as adulterants in herbal medicines, and as invasive aliens in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. Understanding and valorising botanical biodiversity requires accurate, modern and rapid assessment approaches. Plant diversity worldwide is under threat from destruction of natural habitats due to human population growth related consequences as well as climate change impacts on sensitive ecosystems. It is in our capacity to study, map and describe this diversity, and plant systematics and taxonomy has suffered from a loss of research and institutional funds as research has become more competitive and taxonomy was considered too descriptive to compete with emerging fundamental research.
Published On: January 29th, 2024 /