New scientific discoveries: Plants and fungi

Martin Cheek, Eimear Nic Lughadha, Paul Kirk, Heather Lindon, Julia Carretero, Brian Looney, Brian Douglas, Danny Haelewaters, Ester Gaya, Theo Llewellyn, A. Martyn Ainsworth, Yusufjon Gafforov, Kevin Hyde, Pedro Crous, Mark Hughes, Barnaby E. Walker, Rafaela Campostrini Forzza, Khoon Meng Wong, Tuula Niskanen

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Abstract

Research and publication of the planet's remaining plant and fungal species as yet unknown to science is essential if we are to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 ?Life on Land? which includes the protection of terrestrial ecosystems and halting of biodiversity loss. If species are not known to science, they cannot be assessed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and so the possibility to protect them from extinction is reduced. Furthermore, until species are known to science they cannot be fully scientifically evaluated for their potential as new foods, medicines, and products which would help address SDGs 1,2,3, and 8.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-388
Number of pages18
JournalPLANTS, PEOPLE, PLANET
Volume2
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

Keywords

  • DNA versus morphology
  • extinction before scientific discovery
  • properties of new species
  • rates of discovery of plants and fungi

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