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What are the advantages of classifying organisms?

Advantages of Classifying Organisms

What are the advantages of classifying organisms?
In science, the practice of classifying organisms is called taxonomy (Taxis means arrangement and nomos means method).
The modern taxonomic system was developed by the Swedish botanist Carolus (Carl) Linnaeus (1707-1778). He used simple physical characteristics of organisms to identify and differentiate between different species and is based on genetics.
Classification is the basic method which humans employ to organise the living world.

Advantages of Classification of Organisms

  • Classification makes the study of the wide variety of organisms existing in the living world convenient, easy and time-saving.
  • Classification facilitates the identification of organisms.
  • Classification projects before us a picture of all life forms at a glance.
  • Classification helps to establish the relationship among various groups of organisms.
  • Classification tells us about the interrelationships between different groups of organisms, and in turn, provides us information about their evolution.
  • Classification helps to study the phylogeny and evolutionary history of organisms.
  • Classification allows easy means of communication of information to other people.
  • Classification is an information storage system and the biologists need it for the specific organism they work with.
  • By studying a few animals, the characteristics of the whole group can be known.
  • Classification serves as a base for all other disciplines of biology.
  • Various fields of applied biology such as agriculture, environmental biology and public health depend on the correct identification and classification of disease-causing organisms and insect pests.


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