Biodiversity is short for biological diversity and refers to variety of life in all its forms, levels, and combinations including ecosystem diversity, species diversity, and genetic diversity. Genetic diversity is all the different genes contained in all individual plants, animals, fungi, and microorganisms. It occurs within a species as well as between species. Species diversity is all the differences within and between populations of species, as well as between different species. Ecosystem diversity is all the different habitats, biological communities, and ecological processes, as well as variation within individual ecosystems.
Find more information on biodiversity, visit the Ecological Society of America.
To learn more about ecosystems, try this link.
Have a different answer or more to add to this one? Send it to us.
Dr. Biology. (2017, May 15). What is Biodiversity?. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved May 17, 2022 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/questions/what-biodiversity
Dr. Biology. "What is Biodiversity?". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 15 May, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/questions/what-biodiversity
Dr. Biology. "What is Biodiversity?". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 15 May 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 17 May 2022. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/questions/what-biodiversity