♥ Green Thumb Sunday ♥
The Swedish Species Information Centre (ArtDatabanken) will run a 20 years giant project to improve the current taxonomy. They’ll develop keys for the identification of all multicellular living organisms in Sweden, which is approx. 50 000 species.
We’re talking about all insects, fungi, mosses, algae, lichens, vertebrates and invertebrates… It’s HUGE! *whistles*
Senior scientists and other species experts will also produce 125 volumes of identification handbooks in Swedish: “The Swedish Flora and Fauna Encyclopedia” with short English summary with the key facts, both an electronic edition and in paper.
This research is really going in the footsteps of Carl Linneaus, the father of the taxonomy – he discovered the first 3,600 species during the 18th century and tried to classify them.
I bet he would be very pleased to know that his work is continued!
A lot of the work is done the same way: first they must get out there to collect the species to describe, then they can come home to the lab and investigate them further and write descriptions of them.
Just like Linneaus did, the difference is that they got more modern tools for it.
It’s very exciting really – there’s just so much we don’t know about life on Earth!
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