This week's issue of Current Biology is a biodiversity special issue, see cover below, and I was asked to cover the history of biodiversity conservation. I haven't read anybody else's history of this field, so my selection of highlights may be eclectic, but it struck me as an enlightening thread that the introduction of agriculture was all about reducing biodiversity in our habitat, and that it took humans a long time to realise that biodiversity is actually good for us too. Hence the title:
Learning to value biodiversity
Current Biology Volume 31, Issue 19, 11 October 2021, Pages R1146-R1148
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Cover of issue 19.
Table of contents.