Relationships Evolution Humans Careers Rules of Taxonomy Every known living organism on Earth is classified and named by a set of rules. Those rules are used by all scientists around the planet.
Why is Taxonomy Important? Global biodiversity is being lost at an unprecedented rate as a result of human activities, and decisions must be taken now to combat this trend. How can regulators identify and combat harmful invasive species if they cannot distinguish them from native species?
Taxonomy provides basic understanding about the components of biodiversity which is necessary for effective decision-making about conservation and sustainable use. Booklet created for the inaugural CBD Linnaeus lecture containing summaries of presentations and information on the importance and legacy of Linnaeus, the father of taxonomy Taxonomy to Combat Invasive Alien Species Under the Operational objective 5 of the Global Taxonomy Initiative "Within the work on cross-cutting issues of the Convention include key taxonomic objectives to generate information needed for decision-making in conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and its components" is Planned Activity Taxonomic information is essential for agencies and border authorities to detect, manage and control of Invasive Alien Species IAS.
Effective control and management measures can only be implemented when exotic species are correctly and promptly identified. Misidentifications can cost money when rapid decisions need to be taken. Networking and sharing of experiences, information and expertise can aid in lowering the costs associated with IAS and reduce the need for eradication programmes with early detection and prevention.
When eradication is needed, taxonomists can offer expertise that is central to developing the most effective yet economic and environmentally benign eradication measures. Increased capacity-building especially for developing countries is necessary to identify, record and monitor invasions; provide current and accessible lists of potential and established IAS; identify potential threats to neighbouring countries; and to access information on taxonomy, ecology, genetics and control methods.
It is vital that adjacent countries, and all countries along a particular pathway for invasive species, can recognize such species and concur on their nomenclature. Baseline taxonomic information on native biota at the national level is also important to ensure that IAS can be recognized and distinguished from naturally present species.Scientists use a two-name system called a Binomial Naming System.
Scientists name animals and plants using the system that describes the genus and species of the organism.
Scientists name animals and plants using the system that describes the genus and species of the organism. Taxonomy vs. classification Taxonomy is the practice and science of classification It is usually organized by supertype-subtype relationships taxonomic hierarchy possible; identification and its accuracy can be refined with time.
The process of managing a specimen collection 4. Taxonomy provides basic understanding about the components of biodiversity which is necessary for effective decision-making about conservation and sustainable use. For more information on the benefits of taxonomy, see the "Why Taxonomy Matters" series at BioNET International's website.
Taxonomy, in a broad sense the science of classification, but more strictly the classification of living and extinct organisms—i.e., biological classification.
The term is derived from the Greek taxis (“arrangement”) and nomos (“law”). Question: Why do biologists use classification? Classifying organisms using taxonomy. Think of common names for animals, or perhaps even regional differences in language.
Taxonomy, or the study of classifying living things, was made much easier once scientists began to use scientific names rather than common names. Remember that common names can vary greatly.