Brazilian Journal of Biology
versão impressa ISSN 1519-6984
TUNDISI, JG. e MATSUMURA-TUNDISI, T.. Biodiversity in the neotropics: ecological, economic and social values. Braz. J. Biol. [online]. 2008, vol.68, n.4, suppl., pp. 913-915. ISSN 1519-6984. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1519-69842008000500002.
Biodiversity in the neotropical region is of enormous importance, specially related to the future exploitation of this natural resource for food production, medical applications and restoration ecology and technology. Knowledge of this biodiversity and its conservation represents an important step from the scientific and applied point of view. Neotropical biodiversity is endangered by human interventions. Loss of this large genetic and phenotypic base will affect the functioning of freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. Neotropical forests and floodplains, great internal deltas of rivers are active centers of evolution. Loss of neotropical biodiversity will represent the loss of processes, economic values and ecosystem services.
Palavras-chave : Neotropics; economy; biodiversity; climatic changes; processes.