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Scientists have [revolved / revealed] that around two-fifths of the world's plants are at risk [to / of] extinction. This stark warning comes from a [peace / piece] of research called the State of the World's Plants and Fungi. More than 200 scientists [analysis / analysed] the state of play of the world's flora in 42 countries. A top [botany / botanist] , Professor Alexandre Antonelli, said: "We are living in an [old / age] of extinction. It's a very worrying picture of risk and urgent need for action. We're losing the race against [times / time] because species are disappearing faster than we can find and [call / name] them. Many of them could hold important clues for [solving / solution] some of the most pressing challenges of medicine and even perhaps of the [emerge / emerging] and current pandemics we are seeing today."

There have been [positively / positive] signs in the past few years. More than 4,000 [species / specimen] of plants and fungi were discovered in 2019. Among these are potential future foods that could [be / been] a lifeline to millions of people on Earth suffering from poverty and food [insecure / insecurity] . Professor Antonelli stressed the importance of protecting these and all plant [life / live] on Earth. He said: We would not be able survive without plants and fungi – all life [rely / depends] on them. Every time we lose a species, we lose an [opportune / opportunity] for humankind." The research was released [on / in] the day of a United Nations summit aimed [at / of] addressing this issue. Leading scientists will meet and insist world leaders act against biodiversity [lost / loss] .

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