"Plant scientists’ research attention is skewed towards colorful, conspicuous and broadly distributed flowers"

A study is conducted on how plant scientists’ research interests are often skewed towards colorful, conspicuous and broadly distributed flowers. Even though it is challenging to quantify research biases, by combining bibliometric data with trait-based approaches and using a well-studied alpine flora as a case study, the study demonstrates that morphological and color traits, as well as range size, have significantly more impact on species choice for wild flowering plants than traits related to ecology and rarity. According to the study, these biases should be taken into account to inform more objective plant conservation efforts.

The study is conducted by Martino Adamo, Matteo Chialva, Jacopo Calevo, Filippo Bertoni, Kingsley Dixon and Stefano Mammola.

To read the complete study, go to www.researchgate.net.

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