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Researchers Reveal Nine Steps To Save Waterways
2014-01-31 13:55:37

The University of British Columbia The key to clean water and sustainable fisheries is to follow nine guiding principles of water management, says a team of Canadian biologists. Fish habitats need ecosystems that are rich in food with places to hide from predators and lay eggs, according to the framework published today in the journal Environmental Reviews. Humans have put key freshwater ecosystems at risk because of land development and the loss of the vegetation along rivers and...

2014-01-29 11:17:50

Ever since the nineteenth century scientists have recognized that some regions contain more species than others, and that the tropics are richer in biodiversity than temperate regions. But why are there more species in the tropics? A new study publishing 28 January in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology scrutinizes most of the living mammalian species and reveals a two-fold mechanism; the rate at which mammals arose was higher in the tropics, and the rate at which they became extinct lower....

Fungi Plays Role As Rainforest 'Diversity Police'
2014-01-23 12:54:43

University of Oxford The Oxford University-led research found that fungi regulate diversity in rainforests by making dominant species victims of their own success. Fungi spread quickly between closely-packed plants of the same species, preventing them from dominating and enabling a wider range of species to flourish. "In the plant world, close relatives make bad neighbours," said Dr Owen Lewis of Oxford University's Department of Zoology, who led the study. "Seedlings growing near...

2014-01-21 08:24:00

BOZEMAN, Mont. and CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Turner Endangered Species Fund (TESF) and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation (EOWBF) today announced a new partnership to combat the worldwide decline of biological diversity. The partnership will serve to support research and education initiatives that inspire a new generation of enthusiastic explorers, environmental policy makers, citizen scientists, and conservation biologists to conserve and...

2014-01-15 23:02:01

BlendCard Launch Promotes Local Business & Diversity (PRWEB) January 15, 2014 We live in a unique time where the concept “Buy Local” is becoming more and more important. Local businesses and even governments have looked for and established ways to promote the local economy. With that in mind, Diversity Focus is excited to announce a partnership with BlendCard. This collaboration enhances diversity and promotes inclusive communities by creating a shared medium for businesses,...

Genes And Calls Reveal Greater Diversity Of Amazon Frog Species
2014-01-15 15:12:22

Pensoft Publishers Amazonian biodiversity has been studied for hundreds of years. Early explorers of Amazonian plants and animals included renowned naturalists of the stature of Alexander von Humboldt and A. R. Wallace. Despite this long history of exploration, new studies are resulting in the discovery of a large number of new species. The key of these discoveries lies in the use of advanced new tools for species detection. The study, published in the open access journal ZooKeys, found...

2014-01-14 23:20:58

As we begin this new year, Diversity Focus wants to be clear about the unique direction our organization is heading and the strategies we are using to get there. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (PRWEB) January 14, 2014 We plan to make 2014 a pro-active year, targeting issues of diversity that will make the Creative Corridor a better place for people to live and work. We hope you will consider publishing our newest statement of purpose, which will help clarify our aim to the public. The following is an...

2014-01-13 23:19:58

Former news anchor Gabe Erickson brought on board. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (PRWEB) January 13, 2014 Diversity Focus is strengthening our team, as we continue to make the Creative Corridor a more inclusive place to live, work, and play. We are proud to announce the addition of Gabe Erickson as our new Director of Communications & Media Affairs. Gabe brings a solid background in journalism and communications. He has served nearly a decade in newsrooms across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and now...

Plants Develop Competitive Strategies In Extreme Desert Environments
2014-01-01 06:53:13

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Plants in extreme desert environments develop effective strategies to compete for the area’s limited resources, according to new research out of the University of Arizona published in the American Journal of Botany. Although deserts are often thought of as barren, inhospitable places, numerous plants and animals have adapted to this harsh environment, where they are often forced to compete with rivals for scarce resources such...

Marine Mammal Diversity Can Be Monitored Accurately With DNA
2013-12-30 16:05:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers have determined that DNA barcoding could be useful in accurately monitoring marine mammal biodiversity. Up to now, scientists have had a difficult time monitoring marine mammal biodiversity. Some species can be easily observed, while others are more difficult because of their scarcity or their discrete behavior. Researchers collaborated to determine whether or not DNA barcoding could be useful for monitoring this type of...


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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