International Symposium on
Drylands Ecology and Human Security
Conserving Biological and Cultural Diversity in Drylands -
Rainer W. Bussmann
The University of Texas at Austin, Section of Integrative Biology, Austin, United States
Scientists widely agree that species extinction has heavily accelerated in the last decades. The majority of the world’s scientific efforts have been concentrated on tropical forest, while the biologically and culturally diverse drylands have been neglected. A grave problem for the conservation of diversity is the still very fragmentary knowledge of the ecology of most species.