e-Science : Oct 2016 Issue 18
SNOTTY GOBBLING WEEDS RESOURCES The Mount Lofty area in Adelaide, which serves as a good example of somewhere that we’re trying to conserve species diversity. Graeme Churchard Protecting plant species In the context of Australia, species diversity refers to all the Australian native species in a particular area, such as (to take a local Adelaide example) the Mount Lofty area. Species diversity needs to be conserved, partly because it gets boring just seeing the same thing over and over in nature but also because nobody wants native species to become extinct. Some native Australian species, like native orchids, are in real danger of being lost forever and need to be protected. Weeds are one of the main threats to species diversity because they’re so good at hogging all the space, light, water and nutrients – the things our native plants need to survive. Combatting these weeds is essential to preserving species diversity and one way of fighting these weeds may be with parasitic plants.
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