DOI: 10.1590/s1519-69842005000400001
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Abstract: Biodiversity is the basis for the functioning of our planet's biosphere and the maintenance of its water and energy cycles. Flora and fauna play a crucial role in maintaining not only the structure and function of Earth but also in providing the foundation for continuing evolution and interaction among species. Yet the Editorial of Science (November 11, 2005, Biodiversity Science Evolves*) stresses that biodiversity is continuously and increasingly threatened and impacted by minor and major anthropic activitie…

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