113 plant species in Ilocos in danger of becoming extinct

For every second that ticks at least five plant species are permanently wiped off the face of the earth becoming extinct forever. Scientist are alarmed at the rate that valuable genetic material is getting lost. In other parts of the country the number of plant species disappearing is not yet documented.

In the Philippines, a team of researchers from Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) found that 113 plant species in Ilocos Norte are vanishing: 16 vegetables, 31 fruits and forest tree species, 43 ornamentals and medicinals, 7 rootcrops and 16 other plant species.

This was revealed in a study that documented the province’s vanishing plant species in an effort to save the region’s valuable genetic resources.

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