“Forests are biodiversity hotspots”. Justify this statement.
Forests are extremely biologically diverse and support a vast variety of life forms ranging from microorganisms to plants and animals. A significantly huge number of species such as bacteria, fungi, insects, birds, mammals, plants, etc. lives in the forests indicating a rich biodiversity. Forests being under severe threat due to deforestation are referred as biodiversity hotspots. They serve as the reservoir of biodiversity.