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Mapping plant diversity across the scales

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Species diversity is unequally distributed across the globe. Although plants do not account for the lion’s share of this diversity, they are of fundamental economic and ecological importance. Numerous interactions link the spatial patterns of plant species richness to those of overall biodiversity, thus making them an ideal indicator group. Mapping of plant diversity therefore offers a way to concisely display these complex biogeographical data and macroeogical analyses allow for inferences on the underlying mechanisms. I will present work done at the Nees Institute, University of Bonn in mapping plant diversity on continental and global scales. This includes maps of major land plant lineages like flowering plants, ferns and mosses, as well as more specialized groups like cacti and carnivorous plants.

This talk is part of the Ecology Lunchtime Series series.

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