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2014-05-01 23:07:52

Noted Conservationist Dr. Joshua R. Ginsberg will assume the position in September of 2014. Millbrook, NY (PRWEB) May 01, 2014 Dr. Joshua R. Ginsberg has been named the next President of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; he will assume the position in September of 2014. Located in New York’s Hudson Valley, the Cary Institute is one of the world’s largest, most influential independent ecological research centers. Areas of expertise include freshwater ecosystems, disease ecology,...

2014-05-01 16:35:01

This editorial by Jean Lebel is available for posting and publication. An English-language version of this editorial was published to the Ottawa Citizen Aid & Development Blog May 1, 2014. A photograph by IDRC/Panos/Sven Torfinn is also availble for posting and publication. Please contact Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé at ibourgeault-tasse@idrc.ca for more information. OTTAWA, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - More than two decades ago, southern Manitoba rancher and federal agriculture minister...

Genetic Distinctness To Guide Global Bird Conservation
2014-04-11 12:08:15

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 Biology on the first application of an approach to identify the most evolutionarily distinct of the world's 9,993 bird species. At the very top of their list of the most evolutionary distinct birds is the South American oilbird, which represents...

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...


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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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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