Keynote

Conservation of Plants

  1. Martin Hermy1,
  2. Patrick Endels1,
  3. Hans Jacquemyn1,
  4. Rein Brys2

Published Online: 28 SEP 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003353

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How to Cite

Hermy, M., Endels, P., Jacquemyn, H. and Brys, R. 2007. Conservation of Plants. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    K.U. Leuven University, Department of Land Management and Economics, Leuven, Belgium

  2. 2

    Institute for Nature and Forest Research, Brussels, Belgium

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 SEP 2007

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Abstract

About 23% of all known species on Earth are plants. Plants and their communities provide essential ecosystem services for the benefit of humans and the functioning of most terrestrial ecosystems depends on plants. As such plants are an indispensable part of life on Earth. At present, plants face many threats with current extinction rates being estimated to be 100–1000 times higher than those of the pre-human era. An effective conservation of plants is therefore urgently needed to keep our planet livable.

Keywords:

  • biodiversity;
  • ecosystem services;
  • plant threats;
  • hotspots;
  • offensive conservation