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Biodiversity Facts

Author(s) or contact(s): Ministry of Forests and Environment Canada
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Biodiversity
Series: Brochure
Other details:  Published 1997. Hardcopy is available.


Biodiversity, or biological diversity, is the full variety of life in an area.

Biodiversity includes:
- species diversity: the number and relative abundance of different plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and protozoa present;
- genetic diversity: the genetic variation among individuals of the same species; and
- ecosystem diversity: the variety of different ecosystems present and the myriad ways these ecosystems function.

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Updated October 16, 2008