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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....

A Biodiversity Hotspot Of Amphibians And Reptiles Discovered In Peru
2014-02-20 13:32:29

[ Watch the Video: Tracking Biodiversity in a Global Hotspot ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Biologists from several universities say Peru’s Manu National Park is the world’s top biodiversity hotspot for reptiles and amphibians. Manu National Park includes the lowland Amazonian rain forest, a high-altitude cloud forest and an Andean grassland east of Cuzco. It was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Preserve in 1977 and a World Heritage Site in 1987. The...

Eurasian Beaver Diversity In Question
2014-02-19 09:53:51

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Long-prized for their thick fur, the cuddly Eurasian beaver has been hunted by humans for thousands of years and a new genetic study from a large group of international researchers has found that predation by humans has significantly cut down the genetic diversity of these animals. “While beaver populations have been growing rapidly since the late 19th century when conservation efforts began, genetic diversity within modern beaver...

Conserving Potato Agrobiodiversity
2014-02-17 13:48:02

Penn State Mashed, smashed and fried, Americans love potatoes, but only a few varieties are grown in much of North American agriculture. In South America, where potatoes originated, more than 5,000 varieties continue to exist. A Penn State geographer is gathering all the information he can about the agrobiodiversity of these uniquely adapted tubers with an eye toward sustainability of this fourth largest food crop worldwide. "In the U.S. we rely primarily on 10 to 12 types of potatoes...


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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