Numerous people talk about biodiversity in the tropics. As a botanist, I am frequently asked what I am doing to protect biodiversity. I typically respond that my most valuable and basic contributions are the three Ds- discovery, documentation, and dissemination of information for people who need to know what lives where. The three Ds are time-consuming but intellectually stimulating and essential for conservation. Tropical wet forests contain a high concentration of the earth's biodiversity, and there are not enough people available to go out and find it. We are always racing against the clock- actually, racing against bulldozers.
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