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We value biodiversity for its ability to inspire creativity and to help us to solve problems. The term biomimicry is used for research into how humans use models from the natural world to solve problems in agriculture, medicine, manufacturing, and commerce. Humans have long drawn inspiration from the wild for commercial products. Velcro, for example, was patterned after cockleburs, which attach to clothes as people walk through a meadow. A closer look at hedgehog spines, whose supple, strong structure enables them to bend without breaking, led to the development of lightweight wheels in which the tires have been replaced with an array of spines that effectively absorb shocks. Millipedes—invertebrates with multiple pairs of legs fringing their long bodies— are being studied to help design robots to carry heavy weights in cramped conditions where significant twisting and turning are necessary (Beattie and Ehrlich, 2001). Halobacteria that thrive in the salt ponds of San Francisco Bay contain a molecule called bacteriorhodopsin, which may revolutionize computer optics.

Scientists study nonhuman primates, such as baboons, chimpanzees, and howler monkeys, in the wild to learn how they "self-medicate" against diseases like schistosomiasis, and how they use secondary compounds from plants, for instance, to regulate reproduction. This information can help scientists in the search for new drugs for humans. Similarly, studies of how natural prairies are structured and function are illuminating new methods for fertilizing crops and protecting them from pests (Benyus 1997).

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