conservation biology

Main Entry:  conservation biology
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the branch of biology that deals with threats to biodiversity and with preserving the biologic and genetic diversity of animals and plants
Example:  Conservation biology was created to deal with the crisis of maintaining the genes, species, communities, and ecosystems that make up earth's biological diversity.
Usage:  science; conservation biologist n
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conservation biology  
The scientific study of the conservation of biological diversity and the effects of humans on the environment.
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