Biodiversity research requires more boots on the ground

Our incomplete taxonomic knowledge impedes our attempts to protect biodiversity. A renaissance in the classification of species and their interactions is needed to guide conservation prioritization.

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Fig. 1: Two of the 15,214 species of ant named globally by mid-2017.

both photographs, Christian Rabeling/Harvard University.

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Wilson, E.O. Biodiversity research requires more boots on the ground. Nat Ecol Evol 1, 1590–1591 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-017-0360-y

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