This comment of mine is somewhat ironic - I had the Zoimorphisits School of Magic which is not much less of a mouthful, but shares similar bio-modding, with magic of course.
Genomorphing? - This is already in use in a few places.
Clade is a word I literally learned yesterday when looking at wikipedia about how closely related puffins are to penguins (they are both birds, that's it..). It a nice technical word, but hardly common.
Biogenesis? - Creation of new types of life from other living things.
I would guess there is a safer sea-route that while longer is 'cheaper' in less lost expeditions.
This place could come under new focus if the sea route became untenable due to a failed alliance, new powerful enemies and the like. The PCs could be contracted to clear a fixed length of road, or paid by the mile.