This one word describes the variety of all living things – plants, animals and microbes – and all the places where they are found. This variety provides us with our needs – food, medicine, fuel, clean air and water. But it also brings us things we don't want – superbugs that are resistant to conventional antibiotics, invading alien plants and potential new killers like bird flu.
- Is all biodiversity equally important, or is something that has occurred in nature inherently more valuable?
- Should we worry about species extinctions, whether natural or our fault?
- Or should we just worry about conserving and creating variation we can use?
- Should we be able to create diversity for our own use, or is that unethical?
- Do we understand enough about biodiversity – its challenges and opportunities?
Biodiversity – what on Earth is it? highlights contemporary biodiversity research, and demonstrates how understanding biodiversity can help us face today's challenges such as climate change and feeding a growing world population.
Organised in collaboration with the Natural Environment Research Council.
In 2010, BBSRC handed over this exhibition to the Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.