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    Define the concept of biodiversity and explain the importance of biodiversity to plant communities. Describe particular threats to biodiversity that you see happening in your area of the country or community and discuss what might be done to counteract those threats and protect the plant communities.

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    Problem: Define the concept of biodiversity and explain the importance of biodiversity to plant communities. Describe particular threats to biodiversity that you see happening in your area of the country or community and discuss what might be done to counteract those threats and protect the plant communities.

    Solution: Biodiversity refers to the variety or number of different species of organisms that exist in a habitat, including animals, plants, fungi, and even microorganisms. The level of biodiversity often indicates the health of the habitat. A stable habitat has many species that rely upon each other in a balance. As biodiversity decreases, more and more species will disappear. To plants, biodiversity is particularly important because the different organisms play roles in maintaining plants' healths. For example, many microorganisms are involved in nitrogen fixation and regulating other nutrients in the soil. Other organisms are important to adding nutrients to the soil when they die and decompose.

    I'm not sure which area you are in, but one threat to biodiversity could be urbanization because it drives out many species. Another example may be deforestation, where whole forests are logged and replanted with only one type of tree. The government must intervene and regulate these practices, taking the advice of experts in the area.

    Interesting references:
    Andren O, Balandrea J. Biodiversity and soil functioning - from black box to can of worms? (1999). Applied Soil Ecology 13(2):105-108.

    Hawksworth DL. The biodiversity of microorganisms and invertebrates: Its role in sustainable agriculture. (1991). cabdirect.org.

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