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Lab6 - Objectives Understand biodiversity and its...

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1 Biology 101 Laboratory Biology & Society Lab 6 Objectives Understand biodiversity and its importance in conservation Learn the role of collections of biological i d i dit ti organisms and examine accreditation criteria Discuss ethical dilemmas of conservation What is biodiversity? The variety of life in all its forms, levels and combinations. Includes ecosystem diversity, species diversity, and genetic diversity Why does biodiversity matter? Biodiversity matters on all levels: community, population, species, genes Ecosystem functioning Evolutionary future Ethical conservation Human survival What is conservation? - Scientific study of the nature and status of Earth’s biodiversity with the aim of protecting species, their habitats, and ecosystems from excessive rates of extinction. - Interdisciplinary subject drawing on sciences, economics, and the practice of natural resource management. What are biodiversity collections? -Assemblages of organisms, both living and dead, that are organized and curated to provide formal documentation of the world’s known biodiversity -Museums, Zoos, Arboreta, Botanical Gardens, Public and Private Research Collections
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