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2013-12-09 08:23:04

Partnership aims to genetically sequence and catalogue 500,000 specimens collected from developing countries to understand biodiversity's role in maintaining Earth's ecosystem CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Life Technologies Corporation today announced a partnership with the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding in support of the Centre's International Barcode of Life (iBOL) project, a global biodiversity study that will genetically sequence and catalogue 5 million...

Salt Marsh Ecosystems Need Quality Biodiversity, Not Just Quantity
2013-12-07 06:03:23

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists have believed for years that preserving more species, no matter which ones, was a key component to enhancing how well an ecosystem performs. A research team from Duke University and the University of Massachusetts at Boston investigating biodiversity loss in a salt marsh says that this isn't quite right. Their findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that it's not just the total...

2013-12-04 08:24:55

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TERRA®, a brand of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN), a leading organic and natural products company in North America and Europe, today announced its partnership with Seed Savers Exchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. TERRA® Vegetable Chips--known for its diverse vegetables, including taro, kabocha squash, parsnip and beets--will help raise awareness for the Seed Savers Exchange...

Collared Treerunner More Than A Single Species
2013-11-25 12:33:19

Pensoft Publishers The lowland tropics were once though filled with widespread species, while moderate and higher elevations were thought to contain species with more restricted distributions. That idea is turning out to be partially incorrect. Widespread species now appear to be the exception, instead of the rule. A new study describes four species once considered to be the collared treerunner, a lizard known to the scientific community as Plica plica. The study was published in the open...

2013-11-25 12:23:27

Michelle Obama, Selena Gomez, Danica Patrick, Joe Jonas, Jewel among notable participants to capture global snapshot of nature and biodiversity WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Geographic Kids today claimed its eighth GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for the Largest Online Photo Album of Animals. Through the Great Nature Project, National Geographic's online effort to photograph and celebrate biodiversity around the world, 104,022 pictures of animals were...

New Species Arise Faster In Temperate Regions Than In The Tropics
2013-11-23 05:39:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Biodiversity tends to be higher in the tropics, and new research appearing in the journal Molecular Ecology has an explanation as to why that region of the world is home to so many different types of plants and animals. As part of their study, North Carolina State University geneticist Carlos Botero and his colleagues reviewed 2,300 species of mammals and 6,700 species of birds from all over the world. They found that, even though...

Scientists Urge Focus On New Branch Of Environmental Health
2013-11-20 09:49:14

Wildlife Conservation Society A new paper from members of the HEAL (Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages) consortium delineates a new branch of environmental health that focuses on the public health risks of human-caused changes to Earth's natural systems. Looking comprehensively at available research to date, the paper's authors highlight repeated correlations between changes in natural systems and existing and potential human health outcomes, including: Forest fires used...

Most Irreplaceable Habitats
2013-11-15 14:49:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of international scientists has identified the world’s protected areas that are the most important to stopping animal extinctions in a new report published by the journal Science. Using data on over 170,000 protected areas and assessments of nearly 22,000 species on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the team assessed each protected area for the long-term prospects of birds, mammals and amphibians. The researchers...

Google Aids Researchers In Mapping Global Forest Gain And Loss
2013-11-15 11:45:08

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A team of researchers from the University of Maryland, Google and the US government has put together the first comprehensive, high-resolution map of changes in global forest cover over the last 12 years. The study, published online on November 14, in the journal Science, shows that the world lost nearly 900,000 square miles of forest cover and gained less than half that number between 2000 and 2012. The map was developed...

Island Ecosystems In Peril Due To Sea Level Rise
2013-11-14 05:08:52

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Before he was deposed as president of the island nation of the Maldives last year, Mohamed Nasheed was a fierce advocate and proponent for addressing the seemingly inevitable environmental crisis coming about as a result of global sea level rise. President Nasheed and his efforts were chronicled in the 2011 documentary ‘The Island President.’ In addition to the threat of sea level rise, we were reminded this past weekend about...


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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