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Biodiversity  [ Biology - Ecology ]
Or Biological diversity

Dictionary of botanic terminology - index of names

  Short for biological diversity. Biodiversity is a wide-ranging term indicating the immense variety and variability among living organisms and the ecosystems in which they occur on scales ranging from the smallest, at the chromosome level, to organisms, ecosystems, and even to entire landscapes. The diversity of life on Earth.  

Greater biodiversity makes species and systems more resilient, while loss of biodiversity weakens them, making them more vulnerable to extinction. It is also a fundamental requirement for adaptation and survival and continued evolution of species






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