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The Study of Species in the Era of Biodiversity: A Tale of Stupidity
A recently published paper in Diversity:

The Study of Species in the Era of Biodiversity: A Tale of Stupidity

Abstract: Research policies ensuing from the Convention on Biological Diversity made huge funds available to study biodiversity. These were mostly dedicated to projects aimed at providing services to taxonomy via information and technology, or to develop “modern”, i.e., molecular, approaches to taxonomy. Traditional taxonomy was overly neglected and is in serious distress all over the world. It is argued that both novel and traditional ways to study biodiversity are essential and that the demise of traditional taxonomy (based on phenotypes) in the era of biodiversity is the result of an unwise policy, mainly fostered by portions of the scientific community that aim at taking total advantage of the funds dedicated to the study of biodiversity.

The paper can be downloaded HERE.
#1 | Michael Ackland on 07 February 2010 00:26:18
I have not read this paper yet, but the abstract is correct. I study Anthomyiidae, and have done for 50 years. There are now only 4 taxonomists in the world actively working on the family, two retired, and one working as a teacher so his time is limited. Yet there are very many undescribed species, and many others poorly known which need basic taxonomic treatment. Yet if one applies for funding it is unlikely to be successful unless one specifies DNA analysis as basis of research.
#2 | Andrzej on 09 February 2010 00:11:28
I fully agree with Michael !. I.E. I am a taxonomic expert in FauEu and have not seen or approved the new update concerning Heleomyzidae sensu lato ! It is a terrible situation :-(.
#3 | PIRImaiden on 11 February 2010 04:34:00
Y que queda para los que vivimos en paises del tercer mundo, una lupa de mano y mucha imaginación Pfft
Edited by Paul Beuk: Translated by Google as: And that is for those who live in third world countries, a hand lens and lots of imagination.
#4 | shililauxaniid on 02 March 2010 13:10:18
I read this article, excellent. It reflects the real conditions of taxonomic researches. I am identifying Lauxaniidae, a larger family of Diptera. In China, the funding suppoort of basic research is rising, but it is difficult to obtain the project Unless your research is combined with molecular research for a young scientist, lack of much experiences.Smile
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