EP16 The Vital Role of Biodiversity
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"First on air 19 June 2021"

Convention on Biological Diversity, which is the multilateral environmental agreement in conserving and promoting sustainable use of biodiversity, defines biodiversity as the variety of life on Earth and the natural patterns it forms. So far, it was estimated that around 1.75 million species have been identified. However, scientists have estimated that there are actually about 13 million species on earth, while some sources see the number as large as 100 million species. But right now, global biodiversity is under threats as over one million species are facing the danger of extinction. In investing its study on biodiversity, Chulalongkorn University has set up a research center on this issue. Prof. Dr. Somsak Panha is the director of the Center of Excellence on Biodiversity, and he will discuss the vital role of biodiversity and his study on snail taxonomy. Prof. Dr. Anchalee Tassankajon, a biochemist of Faculty of Science, talks about the project of using natural extracts from the mucus of Siamese snail to make skincare products. Both are from Chulalongkorn University.