The nitty gritty of a name: Systematic biology and conservation

Ganesan, R and Aravind, NA and Dharma Rajan, Priyadarsanan and Ravikanth, G (2017) The nitty gritty of a name: Systematic biology and conservation. In: Transcending boundaries: Reflecting on twenty years of action and research at ATREE. Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bengaluru, pp. 162-171.

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Effective conservation and management of biological diversity depends on our understanding of taxonomy. Taxonomy is the science of naming, describing, and classifying flora, fauna, and microorganisms. Taxonomists identify, describe, and classify species—including those that are new to science—on the basis of characteristics that include morphology, behaviour, genetics, ecology, and biochemistry. Systematics, on the other hand, is about the evolutionary inter-relationships of each and every named and described organism. Thus, taxonomy and systematics provide basic knowledge of biological diversity to underpin conservation, management, and implementation of national commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Unfortunately, inadequate taxonomic information hinders our ability to make informed decisions about conservation, sustainable use, and benefit sharing.

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