"When it comes to threatened species, charismatic animals usually get
the most attention. But many of Australia’s plants are also in grave
danger of extinction, and in many cases, the problem is getting worse.
New Australia-first research shows the population sizes of our
threatened plants fell by almost three-quarters, on average, between
1995 and 2017. The findings were drawn from Australia’s 2020 Threatened
Species Index, which combines data from almost 600 sites.
Plants are part of what makes us and our landscapes unique. They are
important in their own right, but also act as habitat for other species
and play critical roles in the broader ecosystem.
This massive data-crunching exercise shows that a lot more effort is
needed if we want to prevent plant extinctions."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics