Classification of Organisms

Classification of Organisms
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Robert Whittaker

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  • Based on taxonomy, we can classify organisms into two: plants and animals.
  • Robert Whittaker
  • Isn't that too simple? What about fungi? Bacteria? This seems wrong...
  • His research on BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES which mainly focused on trophic levels.
  • Robert's classification system was based on his two fundamental interests: 
  • His meticulous way of classifying communities and kingdoms--- BROAD CLASSIFICATION.
  • KINGDOM FUNGI: nutrition: decomposer
  • However, there were problems with this classification.
  • KINGDOM PLANTAE: nutrition: producer
  • KINGDOM ANIMALIA:  nutrition: consumer
  • He first classified organisms into 3 branches...
  • Using his knowledge of CELL BIOLOGY, he added two more kingdoms: KINGDOM MONERA (prokaryote) and KINGDOM PROTISTA (eukaryote)
  • Robert knew something was wrong. What about unicellular organisms?
  • KINGDOM FUNGI
  • KINGDOM MONERA
  • KINGDOM PROTISTA
  • KINGDOM PLANTAE
  • KINGDOM ANIMALIA
  • ROBERT WHITTAKER contributed greatly to the unity and biodiversity of life
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