Biodiversity and “Evosystem Services”

With colleagues from the bioGENESIS core project and others within DIVERSITAS (, we are continuing to develop an evolutionary outlook on biodiversity and its conservation. An immediate goal has been to integrate phylogenetic knowledge into the valuation of biodiversity and into predictions of the vulnerability to various threats. An overarching objective is to raise awareness of the need to maintain genetic/phylogenetic diversity and healthy “evolutionary systems” in addition to sustaining current ecosystem services.

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