Bee taxonomy in Australia 'in crisis'

19 Sep 2020 22:00 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

Read an excellent story by Amanda Hoh from ABC Radio Sydney “Bee taxonomy in Australia 'in crisis'”. Taxonomy is the discipline of identifying and naming newly discovered animals or plants. At the current rate of discovery — about 20 new bee species are given names each year — it could take at least a century to find and name the remainder. But there are only four bee taxonomists in Australia. "Those bee taxonomists that we have are elderly and have a vast depository of knowledge. We really need to use them as mentors for a new generation".

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