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This category is for questions about biodiversity, or species diversity, which is composed of genetic, species, and ecosystem diversity.
Asked in Biodiversity
What is the ecological role of Marine Viruses?
scientists have made a recent discovery about 15-20 years ago tha ocianic viruses are essential to the oceans health. This is because virisuses can increese the genetic divercity (a wider variety of genes). They create a different genes in some bacteria that make them stronger. ...
Asked in Marine , Biodiversity, Corals and Coral Reefs
How would biodiversity be affected if coral died?
Biodiversity would collapse because coral is the main food source for countless numbers of marine life and if coral died, the marine life that thrives on coral would die as well. This would cause the fish and other sea animals that feed on the marine life that feeds on coral to die and the effect would simply snowball. It would cause the Earth a major impact and the cost of this would be very high to us. ...
Asked in Biology, Biodiversity
Meaning of Biological Spectrum?
It is that the Climate determines the type of plants that can exist in each region, general appearance of vegetation is referred to as physiognomy. It constitutes general structure, shape and life forms of the species comprising the vegetation and actually the classification of vegetation type has been done on the basis of physiognomy. The individual of several species in a community can be grouped in to various life forms on the basis of their physiognomy appearance and growth performance the life...
What is the difference between a 'formal' and 'informal' document?
an informal document is a document usually sent internally in companies to tell people what to do next or that they habve to go somewhere A formal document is a document adhering to traditional standards of correctness. A formal document is usually sent when an entity is communicating with other external entities. A informal document is a document that is not officially recognized or controlled. Eg. when an employee sends a weekly status to his direct manager. Usually informal documents are common...
Asked in Forests, Biodiversity
What the meaning and importance of forest conservation?
Forests provide many social, economic, and environmental benefits. In addition to timber and paper products, forests provide wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities, prevent soil erosion and flooding, help provide clean air and water, and contain tremendous biodiversity. Forests are also an important defense against global climate change. Through the process of photosynthesis, forests produce life-giving oxygen and consume huge amounts of carbon dioxide, the atmospheric chemical most responsible for global warming. By decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, forests may reduce...
Asked in Biodiversity
How do estuaries sustain biodiversity in oceans?
Estuaries sustain biodiversity by providing a range of various habitats for many species to survive in. Birds, mammals, fish etc, use estuaries to breed, live and feed in. It is helpful in the survival of oceanic creatures and creates a sustainable area for survival. For more information please refer to the related link. ...
Why are wildlife corridors important?
Without wildlife corridors, biodiversity would increase greatly as these corridors provide shelter and a method of moving from one location to another, for small, often vulnerable animals. Therefore, if they were removed, only those animals which could survive in the open and escape predation easily would remain. ...
Asked in Equator, Biodiversity
Why do places near the equator have such high biodiversity?
Although it is popularly thought that high biodiversity relates to the more "benign" and less demanding environment in hot climates, recent research by Michael Huston of the University of Texas in "Biological diversity, soils, and economics" and "Precipitation, soils, NPP, and biodiversity: resurrection of Albrecht's curve", Australian ecologist Tim Flannery in The Future Eaters plus Jason Weir and Dolph Schluter in "The latitudinal gradient in recent speciation and extinction rates of birds and mammals" show that these are misconceptions. Flannery and Huston both demonstrate...
Asked in Biodiversity, Protists
What are characteristics of the kingdom protista?
They are eukaryotic, meaning they are not bacterias and contain a true nucleus. They can be multicellular or unicellular. Some are heterotrophic, others are autotrophic. Some reproduces sexually and some reproduces asexually. Still others utilize both methods, asexual reproduction inside a host organism and sexual reproduction outside. Many are parasitic and lives in ponds The plant-like protists are thought to be the ancestors of modern plants. The animal-like protists are thought to have been the ancestors of all animals. Not animal, not plant, not fungus or prokaryote...
Asked in Plankton, Marine , Biodiversity
Why to study biodiversity and germplasm conservation?
Biodiversity is important at every level 1. Because we live in a complex system where every living thing depends on something else in the system, down to the tiniest contributing members. It is important that we actively pursue a clear and current understanding of the system in which we live in order to monitor and maintain it. 2. Because God made the world and everything in it, and gave it to man to cultivate, care for and protect. (spiritual version) 3. Because there are...
What is the definition of biodiversity?
One way to describe biodiversity is to say that it is the variation of plants, animals and other lifeforms within an ecosystem, biome or the earth itself. While also used for other purposes, as explained below, biodiversity is frequently used to measure how healthy a given ecosystem may be since the wildlife and plants of a healthy ecosystem tend to be more diverse than those of an unhealthy ecosystem. Biodiversity is also described as some of the fascinating varieties of organisms and complex...