Biodiversity Science ›› 2017, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (11): 1251-1254.doi: 10.17520/biods.2017285

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Earth BioGenome Project and Taxonomy

Chaodong Zhu1, *(), Shixiao Luo2, Xin Zhou3, Huayan Chen4, Guanyang Zhang5   

  1. 1 Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
    2 Key Laboratory of Plant Resources Conservation and Sustainable Utilization, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650, China
    3 Department of Entomology, College of Plant Protection, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China
    4 Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University, Columbus 43212, USA
    5 Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32607, USA
  • Received:2017-10-24 Accepted:2017-11-20 Online:2017-11-20
  • Zhu Chaodong E-mail:zhucd@ioz.ac.cn

Reflecting on the recent Shenzhen Declaration on Plant Sciences at XIX International Botanical Congress, we discuss connections between the Earth BioGenome Project (ESP) and Taxonomy. Against a backdrop of rapid species extinction, the ESP aims to speed up species conservation and preservation. It holds promise in promoting biodiversity informatics. Taxonomy underpins biodiversity research, and it will contribute important information to the ESP. For the ESP to make breakthroughs and innovations in biological sciences, it requires not only organic integration with the taxonomic community, but also needs to align with current major research programs and national strategies on biodiversity in China.

Key words: taxonomy, genome project, interdisciplinary research

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