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The important challenge of quantifying tropical diversity
© Magurran 2017
- Published: 7 March 2017
The tropics are the repository of much of the world’s biodiversity, yet are undersampled relative to temperate regions. To help fill this knowledge gap, a paper in BMC Biology explores diversity patterns in tropical African plants, as revealed by the RAINBIO database. The paper documents spatial variation in diversity and data coverage, but also highlights the challenges faced in quantifying diversity patterns using data collated from a range of sources including herbaria.
See research article: http://bmcbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12915-017-0356-8.
I thank Faye Moyes for constructing Fig. 1.
AEM is supported from ERC grants BioTIME (250189) and BioCHANGE (727440).
AEM wrote this article.
The author declares that she has no competing interests.
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