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2013-04-16 14:10:25

20 to 40% of European plant and animal species endangered A new study on extinction risk based on extensive data from 7 taxonomic groups and 22 European countries has shown that proportions of plant and animal species being classified as threatened on national Red Lists are more closely related to socio-economic pressure levels from the beginning than from the end of the 20th century. Stefan Dullinger of the University of Vienna and Franz Essl from the Austrian Environment Agency together...

2013-04-16 08:33:56

AUSTIN, Texas, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Dr. Falk Huettmann, a wildlife ecologist and professor at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, is giving an oral presentation at the US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) 2013 Annual Symposium in Austin, Texas where he will share how predictive analytics has assisted his findings in a presentation titled "Status of Landscapes and Ecology at the Three Poles (Arctic, Antarctic and Hindu...

Researchers Find New Porcupine Species In Brazil
2013-04-11 18:18:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Brazilian researchers said they have discovered a new species of porcupine that inhabits an isolated patch of Brazil´s Northeastern Atlantic Forest. According to the team´s report in the journal Zootaxa, they dubbed the spiny rodent Coendou speratus, a reference to its local name "coandu-mirim" and the Latin word "speratus,” meaning “hope." Because only about two percent of the region´s original...

Ecosystem Chemistry Better Predicted By Plant Species
2013-04-09 09:49:55

Carnegie Institution Carnegie scientists have found that the plant species making up an ecosystem are better predictors of ecosystem chemistry than environmental conditions such as terrain, geology, or altitude. This is the first study using a new, high-resolution airborne, chemical-detecting instrument to map multiple ecosystem chemicals. The result, published in the April 8, 2013, Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is a key step toward understanding how...

2013-04-08 08:23:15

LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Seeds of Change®, maker of organically grown seeds and nutritious organic foods, is announcing the return of its Share the Good grant program and this year will be giving away more money in grants to deserving organizations that apply through its Facebook page. From April 8 until April 22, organizations that inspire nutrition, gardening and farming programs could receive a $25,000 grant or one of 15 $10,000 grants to support efforts to enhance...

2013-04-03 12:57:13

What effects will the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology have on the conservation of nature? The ecological and ethical challenges stemming from this question will require a new dialogue between members of the synthetic biology and biodiversity conservation communities, say Kent Redford of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Archipelago Consulting; Bill Adams of the University of Cambridge; and Georgina Mace of University College London (UCL) in a new paper published 2 April...

Scientists Turn To The Phonebook To Name 101 New Beetle Species
2013-03-28 09:33:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tropical rainforests are known to harbor a high biodiversity of untold species, many of them unknown and unnamed by scientists as of yet. Insects, especially beetles, make up a large proportion of this undiscovered life on Earth. Experts in remote tropical countries' fauna such as the wilderness of New Guinea, Alexander Riedel of the Natural History Museum Karlsruhe (SMNK) and Michael Balke of the Zoological State Collection Munich...

Biodiversity May Not Reduce Disease Despite Popular Theory
2013-03-21 09:44:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Despite the predictions of a popular theory, maintaining biodiversity in an ecosystem does not necessarily reduce the transmission of diseases from animals to humans, say researchers from the Stanford University Woods Institute for the Environment. Writing in the journal Ecology Letters, co-authors James Holland Jones and Dan Salkeld challenge what is known as the dilution effect — a widely held hypothesis claiming that the...

2013-03-18 16:03:54

A new forum paper suggests bridging two important fields of ecological research It is increasingly recognized that protected areas alone are not sufficient for successful biodiversity conservation, and that management of production areas (e.g. forestry and agricultural land) plays a crucial role in that respect. Retention forestry and agroforestry are two land management systems aiming to reconcile the production of human goods with biodiversity conservation. The retention forestry...

Scientists Raise Concerns Over Tsunami Debris Carrying Invasive Species
2013-03-10 08:25:22

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Two years after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan, researchers in the US and Canada are concerned about the possible damage that could be caused by invasive species that have found their way to North America on debris resulting from the 2011 disaster. According to UPI, experts in the northwest US and Canada are having difficulty determining whether or not marine life washing ashore on the debris will be a threat to...


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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