"Parasites have a public relations problem.
Unlike the many charismatic mammals, fishes and birds that receive our
attention (and our conservation dollars), parasites are thought of as
something to eradicate -- and certainly not something to protect.
But only 4% of known parasites can infect humans, and the majority
actually serve critical ecological roles, like regulating wildlife that
might otherwise balloon in population size and become pests. Still, only
about 10% of parasites have been identified and, as a result, they are
mostly left out of conservation activities and research.
An international group of scientists wants to change that. About a dozen
leading parasite ecologists, including University of Washington's
Chelsea Wood, published a paper Aug. 1 in the journal Biological
Conservation, which lays out an ambitious global conservation plan for
Via Muse, who wrote:
I remember as a child how some animals were considered expendable.
No more. We are just beginning to understand the value of diversity
and ecological balance.
Save the parasites!
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*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics