|MadSci Network: Botany|
What is the most recent new plant species identified by scientists? When and where? Since nearly all of our beneficial drugs and food supply come from the plant world, why doesn't the USA have a major, focused effort right now to identify new species? I would propose that all major US universities have a full-time team in EVERY Latin American and South American country that has any sizeable rain forest or "jungle" type area. This work is so vital to humans, it should be a major, daily effort on the scale of going to the moon or the first A-bomb team. The U.S. government (and even OTHER governments) and also drug companies would be expected to be major financial sponsors, too. Thanks for your information and ideas on this subject.
Re: What is the most recent new plant species discovered?
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