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Biodiversity talk at UNBC focuses on discovery of 2,400 new species in the Ancient Forest

Scientists that have spent the last three years studying the biodiversity of the Ancient Forest are now ready to discuss their data at UNBC.

Collaborating with UBC botanists Trevor Goward and Curtis Björk, leading experts on rare plants, the team has discovered more than 2,400 species in the Upper Fraser River Watershed, commonly called the Robson Valley.

“This is an amazing total for such a small part of the province,” says Dr. Darwyn Coxson, Ecosystem Science and Management Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia.

“It includes many species that are new to this part of British Columbia and indeed Canada, and a surprisingly high number of species that will be new to science. This includes new species of mosses, lichens and vascular plants. This will be an exciting story for the scientific community in British Columbia”.

These discoveries will help create a better picture of biodiversity richness in the inland rainforest.

Results from the research will be summarized during a talk by Bjork, Tiny Lichens to giant trees: An Inventory of the Robson Valley flora, at UNBC on Friday, Sept. 14 in Rm 8-164.

Click here for more information on the lecture.



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