The age of the great plant hunter continues

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A small group of “great plant hunters” are making the majority of the world’s botanical discoveries, a study led by Oxford University has revealed.

The report, which is published in this week’s Proceedings of the Royal Society B, revealed that more than 50 percent of the world’s plant species have been discovered by just two percent of plant collectors.

It adds that 15-30 percent of the world’s flowering plants are yet to be discovered, arguing that we need to foster and financially support these few plant hunters so that they can continue to make discoveries.

Via wired.co.uk

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