More attention needed to document Australia’s diverse species

Sea sponges have big medical applications, but less than half of Australian species are estimated to have been documented. Image: Klaus Stiefel, Flickr

With declining funding and increased risk from climate and environmental change, our top science academies are urging increased efforts to document Australia’s and New Zealand’s unique plants and animals.

The joint plan by the Australian Academy of Science and the Royal Society of New Zealand aims to accelerate the process of documenting species in our two countries and to enhance awareness of its importance in areas like biosecurity and drug discovery.

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