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Biodiversity Research at SCRI

Biodiversity describes the variation of life forms that exist within a population, a species, an ecosystem or a geographical region. Measures of biodiversity are frequently used to assess the health of a ‘biological system’ and although commonly associated with conservation biology, biodiversity research has broad application in plant and environmental sciences.Photograph of Scots pine

It provides a framework for understanding and quantifying the molecular variation in individual genes and the richness of species in complex ecosystems, and may guide management interventions to maintain or enhance the viability of both species and communities.

Biodiversity is the driving force of evolution, and its efficient exploitation is the basis of crop plant improvement. Not surprisingly then, across SCRI, considerable energy is being expended on the quantification and interpretation of biodiversity to address a wide range of biological questions.

Find out more in the interview with SCRI’s biodiversity cross-cutting theme champion, Dr Gavin Ramsay.

Learn more about the biodiversity research being carried as part of our Genetics programme.

Read about all of our biodiversity research in the PDF file: Biodiversity Research at SCRI publication (4.21 MB).

2010 is International Year of Biodiversity.