Biodiversity : so much more than legs and leaves

Show simple item record Cowan, Don A. Rybicki, Edward P. Tuffin, Marla I. Valverde, Angel Wingfield, Michael J. 2014-04-01T10:16:35Z 2014-04-01T10:16:35Z 2013-11
dc.description.abstract Microorganisms inhabit virtually every possible niche on Earth, including those at the outer envelope of survival. However, the focus of most conservation authorities and ecologists is the ‘legs and leaves’ side of biology – the ‘macrobiology’ that can be seen with the naked eye. There is little apparent concern for the preservation of microbial diversity, or of unique microbial habitats. Here we show examples of the astounding microbial diversity supported by South Africa’s ecosystems and argue that because microbes constitute the vast majority of our planet’s species they should be considered seriously in the future protection of our genetic resources. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2014 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The National Research Foundation of South Africa en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.identifier.citation Cowan DA, Rybicki EP, Tuffin MI, Valverde A, Wingfield MJ. Biodiversity: So much more than legs and leaves. S Afr J Sci. 2013;109(11/12), Art. #a0037, 9 pages. 10.1590/sajs.2013/a0037 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0038-2353 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1996-7489 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1590/sajs.2013/a0037
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_US
dc.rights © 2013. The Authors. Published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence. en_US
dc.subject Bacteria en_US
dc.subject Endemism en_US
dc.subject Fungi en_US
dc.subject Genetic resources en_US
dc.subject Viruses en_US
dc.title Biodiversity : so much more than legs and leaves en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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