Why is it important to save plant species?



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    The chemical compounds found in many plant species represent a vast reservoir of potentially useful chemicals, some of which may be of help in curing deadly diseases. Already, many of the most important discoveries in the history of medicine were made thanks to researchers looking at the properties of plants. Plants also for important parts of the ecosystems that make the existence of animals and humans possible. As we try to figure out how to feed a growing human population with the least negative impact on our planet possible, researchers may need to draw on potential food plants that have not yet been brought into mainstream agriculture. These are just a few of the reasons preserving plant diversity is important.

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