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.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||PLANTS, PEOPLE, PLANET|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2020|
- DNA versus morphology
- extinction before scientific discovery
- properties of new species
- rates of discovery of plants and fungi