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Coronavirus disruptions reverberate through research

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Science  20 Mar 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6484, pp. 1289-1290
DOI: 10.1126/science.367.6484.1289

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  • Brazil, the pandemic, the specialization of species and the globalized market
    • Natasha Ruiz, PhD candidate, London Metropolitan University, London, UK / CTI Renato Archer, Campinas, Brazil
    • Other Contributors:
      • Tyler Isaac Ganzert, Student, Bento Quirino School, Campinas, Brazil

    In nature, some species become even more specialized and others even more generalized, especially when it comes to food and how each species puts itself with the rest of the biome.
    Being a specialized species, although it is advantages, it has been shown a dangerous path and that it increases the chance of extinction. (1) Brazil, decided through its representatives and society itself, to focus on being a provider of foods, exporting water to the world.
    We are one of the biggest world producers of grains and we don't produce a single tractor. Our native and nutritious seeds are being replaced for transgenic with no taste and without nutrients coming from the exterior.
    Practically a vassal that plants the seed of the feudal lord.
    Yes, the nations that copy nature in its generalized form, get less dependent on climate and environmental stability. Amplifying the menu raises the chances of survival and more developed nations already learned this.
    Now, the new COVID-19 pandemic has lowered a steel curtain as strong as the one from the Soviet era, splitting the nations, breaking the global supply chains and isolating entire countries. If all the paths led to Rome, today nobody goes in and nobody goes out of the Italian nation. The prediction of the economists is of successive recessions around the world. (2)
    That nation that has a variety of options, merging agriculture, industries, and services resemble species capable of surviving the gr...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.

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