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What is Biodiversity?

July 13, 2016

Everything in the world is interconnected with one another in a complicated relationship known as biodiversity. In this web, wide varieties of animal and plant species rely on each other for food and shelter, especially humans. Diversity is important as it ensures greater variety of crops, natural sustainability of all life forms, and allows for ecosystems to survive and recover from environmental issues.

An example of the importance of biodiversity is in the case of the honeybee. Bees are a primary pollinating species with 130,000 plants that need them for reproduction. Fruits like apples, melons, pumpkins, and raspberries need bees for their blossoms and flowers to develop into fruit, affecting a third of the humanity’s food supply.

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Biodivcanada. “What is Biodiversity.” What is Biodiversity. http://www.biodivcanada.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=4D2A799A-1. Accessed July 12, 2016.

Shah, Anup. “Why is Biodiversity Important? Who Cares?” Global Issues. http://www.globalissues.org/article/170/why-is-biodiversity-important-who-cares. Accessed July 12, 2016.