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Useful plants have deep evolutionary roots

It has long been asserted that samples of taxa that span more of the Tree of Life contain more features that humans find useful. This has now been tested at a global scale: across 13,500 plant genera and nearly 9,500 uses, the prediction holds, supporting a macroevolutionary perspective on biodiversity conservation.

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Fig. 1: How maximizing evolutionary history captures more uses.


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Mooers, A., Tucker, C.M. Useful plants have deep evolutionary roots. Nat Ecol Evol 5, 558–559 (2021).

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