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Global Bird Conservation Guided By Evolutionary Distinctness

Global Bird Conservation Guided By Evolutionary Distinctness

Cell Press In the midst of today's global extinction crisis, decisions about conservation should include prioritizing how best to preserve as much of the tree of life as possible. So say researchers who report in the Cell Press journal Current...

Latest Biodiversity Stories

2014-04-09 16:06:13

Physicists play with the genetics of populations What happens when physicists play (using mathematical instruments) with the genetics of populations? They may discover unexpected connections between migration and biodiversity, for example, as recently done by a group of researchers from the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste and the Polytechnic University in Turin in a study published in the journal Physical Review Letters. The effect of migration on...

2014-04-08 15:54:34

The European Biodiversity Observation Network, EU BON -- research objectives and practical implementation The world's biodiversity is in an ongoing dramatic decline that despite conservation efforts remains unprecedented in its speed and predicted effects on global ecosystem functioning and services. The lack of available integrated biodiversity information for decisions in sectors other than nature conservation has been recognized as a main obstacle and the need to provide readily...

Researchers Create First Regional Ocean Health Index
2014-04-04 14:31:12

Julie Cohen, UC Santa Barbara Results can help Brazilian officials identify opportunities for strategic management of ocean resources With one of the world’s longest coastlines, spanning 17 states, and very high marine and coastal biodiversity, Brazil owes much of its prosperity to the ocean. For that reason, Brazil was the site of the first Ocean Health Index regional assessment designed to evaluate the economic, social and ecological uses and benefits that people derive from the...

2014-04-01 15:05:38

As the Earth’s human population marches toward 9 billion, the need for hardy new varieties of grain crops has never been greater. It won’t be enough to yield record harvests under perfect conditions. In an era of climate change, pollution and the global spread of pathogens, these new grains must also be able to handle stress. Now, researchers at Michigan Technological University have identified a set of genes that could be key to the development of the next generation of super rice....

2014-03-27 10:39:57

New international study by academics from the University of Leicester highlights unique nature of fossil footprint left behind by mankind A new study by an international team of scientists, including Dr Jan Zalasiewicz and Professor Mark Williams of the University of Leicester's Department of Geology, suggests that the fossil impact humans have made on the planet is vast and unprecedented in nature – and that there's been nothing remotely like it since the Earth formed, over four and...

2014-03-26 11:34:19

One of the most serious threats to global biodiversity and the leisure and tourism industries is set to increase with climate change according to new research by Queen's University Belfast. Researchers at Queen's have found that certain invasive weeds, which have previously been killed off by low winter temperatures, are set to thrive as global temperatures increase. The team based at Quercus, Northern Ireland's centre for biodiversity and conservation science research, predicts that...

2014-03-12 23:28:36

The Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World provides a comprehensive set of 280 benchmarks ranked at five levels of performance organized into thirteen categories and four groups. The Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) tool can be downloaded, at no cost to the user, from the Diversity Collegium's website. Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 12, 2014 How does an organization know if its diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts...

2014-03-05 23:02:44

Dr. Lovejoy to Be the Twentieth Recipient of BRIT’s Conservation Award Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) March 05, 2014 The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) will present its International Award of Excellence in Conservation to Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy for his life-long work in biodiversity protection. The award will be given on Friday, March 28, 2014, during a luncheon at The Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. His accomplishments include helping to bring attention to tropical deforestation...

Last Interglacial temperate landscape
2014-03-04 05:28:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Analysis of fossilized dung beetles has revealed that prehistoric temperate ecosystems were comprised not just of dense forest, but a mosaic of closed forest and wood-pasture vegetation, according to new research appearing in the March 3 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the study, researchers from the Aarhus University Department of Bioscience and Natural History Museum Aarhus reviewed decades of...

2014-03-03 08:24:18

Organizations are encouraged to apply for one of several $20,000 and $10,000 grants RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, Calif., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Seeds of Change®, maker of organically grown seeds and nutritious organic foods, is announcing the return of its annual Seeds of Change® Grant Program. Now through March 31, local schools, food and nutrition education programs and garden- or farm-related organizations can apply for funding to support new or existing sustainable initiatives....


Latest Biodiversity Reference Libraries

Heirloom plant
2013-09-20 13:16:15

Heirloom plants are plants that were grown centuries ago, handed down through the generations, and are still grown today without genetic modification. Heirloom plants maintain their traits year after year even though they are subjected to open pollination. Growing heirlooms is becoming more popular in North America and Europe because of their resistance to disease, pests, and extreme weather. Plants that have been genetically altered through artificial means, otherwise known as hybrids,...

Conservation Biology
2012-05-12 20:05:54

Conservation Biology is a peer-reviewed academic journal of the Society for Conservation Biology. It was established in 1987 and is published by Wiley-Blackwell. Conservation Biology was originally developed to provide a global voice for an emerging discipline. It quickly became the most important journal dealing with the topic of biological diversity. Editor-in-chief is Gary Meffe; managing editor is Ellen Main. Stanley A. Temple, President of the SCB from 1991-1993, said: “The...

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