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Diversity 2010, 2(1), 115-126; doi:10.3390/d2010115

The Study of Species in the Era of Biodiversity: A Tale of Stupidity

Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche ed Ambientali DiSTeBA, Universita` del Salento, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Received: 16 December 2009 / Accepted: 19 January 2010 / Published: 22 January 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Diversity Theories and Perspectives)
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Abstract

Research policies ensuing from the Convention on Biological Diversity made huge funds available to study biodiversity. These were mostly dedicated to projects aimed at providing services to taxonomy via information and technology, or to develop “modern”, i.e., molecular, approaches to taxonomy. Traditional taxonomy was overly neglected and is in serious distress all over the world. It is argued that both novel and traditional ways to study biodiversity are essential and that the demise of traditional taxonomy (based on phenotypes) in the era of biodiversity is the result of an unwise policy, mainly fostered by portions of the scientific community that aim at taking total advantage of the funds dedicated to the study of biodiversity. View Full-Text
Keywords: biodiversity; traditional taxonomy; molecular taxonomy; information and technology; research policies biodiversity; traditional taxonomy; molecular taxonomy; information and technology; research policies
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Boero, F. The Study of Species in the Era of Biodiversity: A Tale of Stupidity. Diversity 2010, 2, 115-126.

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