A predictive model of species extinction for European mountain tea
The over-exploitation of land, in combination with climate change, is taking its toll on Europe’s biodiversity and affecting the functioning of ecosystems. Wild populations in danger of extinction include plants widely used for their medicinal properties. Despite monitoring and conservation efforts, mitigation of the extinction risk remains limited, due to the high cost of technologies and the lack of interdisciplinarity and interaction between research and practice. The EU-funded BEEP project will provide an applied predictive model of species extinction risk for use by environmental institutions. The model will focus on endemic European mountain tea species that are highly threatened. BEEP will combine advanced sequencing technologies with satellite observations to quantify species genomic erosion in response to land-use and climate change.