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Better Protection From Humans Needed For Antarctica's Ice-Free Land
2014-06-19 06:55:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Despite the harsh conditions, the number of visitors arriving in the Antarctic is soaring each year. This worries the world's leading environmental scientists who say that Antarctica's ice-free land needs better protection from human activities. Of the 55 Antarctic areas designated for protection, all of them lie close to human activity sites and seven are at a high risk for biological invasions. According to the study, published in...

Clapper Rail
2014-05-30 04:47:58

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Issues related to threatened and endangered species are the focus of two new studies appearing in the journal Science, one of which focuses on how to balance recovery efforts with the eradication of invasive species and the other detailing advances in technologies that could make it easier to identify creatures in need of protection. In the first paper, Adam Lampert of the University of California, Davis and his colleagues...

Unique Songbird Diversity Of The Eastern Himalayas Documented
2014-05-29 15:47:12

JGU Article in Nature describes the relevance of ecological niches to the evolution of new bird species The Eastern Himalayas are home to more than 360 different songbird species, most of which are to be found nowhere else on the planet. This makes the region extending from eastern Nepal to the borderlands of China, India, and Myanmar unique and one of the most important hot spots for biological diversity in the western hemisphere. A recent research paper describes how this impressive...

New Biodiversity Study Overturns Controversial Scientific Theory
2014-05-27 03:54:54

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies Researchers have today released ground-breaking findings that dismiss the ‘Neutral Theory of Biodiversity’. The theory has dominated biodiversity research for the past decade, and been advocated as a tool for conservation and management efforts. Professor Sean Connolly from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University (JCU) is the lead author of the international study, which he says...

Rapid Spread Of Hybridization Between Native And Invasive Species Of Trout Is Linked To Climate Change
2014-05-27 03:27:51

USGS Scientists have discovered that the rapid spread of hybridization between a native species and an invasive species of trout in the wild is strongly linked to changes in climate. In the study, stream temperature warming over the past several decades and decreases in spring flow over the same time period contributed to the spread of hybridization between native westslope cutthroat trout and introduced rainbow trout – the world’s most widely introduced invasive fish species...

2014-05-27 11:56:22

University of Massachusetts at Amherst A new study of how biodiversity arises shows how a mutation in a single gene during development can lead to different consequences not only in jaw shape, but how this leads to different feeding strategies to exploit different ecological niches A new study of how biodiversity arises, by evolutionary biologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, shows how a mutation in a single gene during development can lead to different consequences not...

Scientific Collections Of Species Important For Preserving Biodiversity
2014-05-23 11:25:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In an article published in April in the journal Science, researchers from Arizona State University and Plymouth University in the UK argued that the collection of specimens to confirm a species existence has contributed to the extinction of “small and often isolated populations.” On Friday, more than 60 other international research institutions spanning six continents published a response in Science that cited the significant value...

Rich Biodiversity Of Species Makes Annual Top Ten List Of Discoveries
2014-05-22 08:57:01

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Each year, an international committee of taxonomists and related experts form a list of the top 10 species of the year. In 2013, the list included such species as the Lesula monkey, lightning roaches and the lyre sponge. Not to be outdone, 2014’s list includes some pretty impressive species as well. The list is compiled annually by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s (ESF) International Institute for...

2014-05-19 14:41:19

Malaysian Industry ­Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) Malaysia hosts UN-backed symposium: 'Beyond Gross Domestic Product -- Transitioning into Sustainability' Birth weight, hours slept, eyeglasses, city birds, washing machines, teenage schoolgirls and other quantifiable signals of well-being can help measure the wealth of a nation beyond Gross Domestic Product, experts say. Moving beyond GDP to sustainability — the focus of a UN­-backed high-level symposium May 19 in...

Species Biodiversity Changing, Not Declining From Global Warming
2014-05-14 12:53:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While some studies have come to the conclusion that global warming is threatening to cause extinctions and lower the biodiversity of ecosystems, a new report published in the journal Science has found that a changing climate isn’t lowering biodiversity – but it is creating new mixes of species within various ecosystems. The new report reviewed 100 long-term monitoring research studies executed around the world – in both marine...


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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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.