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Time for a new global protected area target
The world needs a new international protected area target based on scientific evidence, according to a team including University of Queensland scientists. (2019-04-11)
Rethinking conservation efforts for improved biodiversity
A study published online by the journal Science, looked into why the global commitment towards the expansion of protected areas has not delivered the expected conservation benefits. (2019-04-11)
Scientists say world's protected areas need a re-boot
An international study published today in the journal Science argues that the current international target for the protected area estate, accepted by over 190 nations, is failing. (2019-04-11)
How much nature is lost due to higher yields?
The exploitation of farmland is being intensified with a focus to raising yields. (2019-04-10)
New research about biodiversity reveals the importance of climate on today's abundance of life
Natural history museum paleontologists in Copenhagen and Helsinki have succeeded in mapping historical biodiversity in unprecedented detail. (2019-04-09)
New pathways for sustainable agriculture
Diversity beats monotony: a colourful patchwork of small, differently used plots can bring advantages to agriculture and nature. (2019-04-08)
Study offers insight into biological changes among invasive species
A remote island in the Caribbean could offer clues as to how invasive species are able to colonise new territories and then thrive in them, a new study by the University of Plymouth suggests. (2019-04-08)
Plant diversity increases insect diversity
The more plant species live in grasslands and forests, the more insect species find a habitat there. (2019-04-08)
Scientists call for national science agenda for biodiversity collections
The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) has developed a national agenda that leverages digital data in biodiversity collections for new uses. (2019-04-04)
Loss of habitat causes double damage to species richness
Loss and fragmentation of habitat are among the main reasons why biodiversity is decreasing in many places worldwide. (2019-04-02)
Wild bees flock to forested areas affected by severe fire
A groundbreaking two-year study in southern Oregon found greater abundance and diversity of wild bees in areas that experienced moderate and severe forest fires compared to areas with low-severity fires. (2019-04-02)
The hotter it gets, the more forests act as insulators
Using data from about a hundred sites worldwide, an international research team has demonstrated that forest cover acts as a global thermal insulator, by cooling the understory when the air temperature is high. (2019-04-01)
Human activity disrupting iconic African ecosystem, Syracuse biologist finds
A Syracuse University researcher has confirmed that Africa's Serengeti-Mara ecosystem -- one of the largest, most protected on Earth -- may be imperiled, due to increased human activity at its border. (2019-04-01)
Marine protected reserves do more than restore fish
In a new analysis of the effectiveness of marine protected areas worldwide, University of Massachusetts Amherst marine ecologist Brian Cheng and colleagues report that reserves not only replenish target fish populations, they also restore ecological functioning. (2019-04-01)
Stunning discovery offers glimpse of minutes following 'dinosaur-killer' Chicxulub impact
At a site called Tanis in North Dakota's Hell Creek Formation, a team of paleontologists whose headquarters are at the University of Kansas unearthed a motherlode of exquisitely preserved animal and fish fossils that were killed suddenly in events triggered by the Chicxulub impact. (2019-03-29)
What 'Big Data' reveals about the diversity of species
'Big data' and large-scale analyses are critical for biodiversity research to find out how animal and plant species are distributed worldwide and how ecosystems function. (2019-03-28)
Novel insights into soil biodiversity, Earth's global engine
The findings indicate changes in soil biodiversity are driven by changes in plant cover and soil acidification during ecosystem development. (2019-03-28)
First global tally of an amphibian killer
Chytridiomycosis, a highly virulent fungal amphibian disease, has been linked to the worldwide decline of more than 500 species - including 90 presumed extinctions - over the last 50 years, researchers report. (2019-03-28)
The Serengeti-Mara squeeze -- One of the world's most iconic ecosystems under pressure
Increased human activity around one of Africa's most iconic ecosystems is damaging habitation and disrupting the migration routes of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle, an international study has concluded. (2019-03-28)
Urban biodiversity to lower chronic disease
Replanting urban environments with native flora could be a cost effective way to improve public health because it will help 'rewild' the environmental and human microbiota, University of Adelaide researchers say. (2019-03-27)
Mount Kilimanjaro: Ecosystems in global change
Land use in tropical mountain regions leads to considerable changes of biodiversity and ecological functions. (2019-03-27)
OU study finds climate warming accelerates tallgrass prairie bioiversity
A University of Oklahoma study on climate warming in an Oklahoma tallgrass prairie has implications for understanding and predicting ecological consequences of climate change and ecosystem management strategies. (2019-03-25)
How tree diversity regulates invading forest pests
Relationships between tree diversity and pest diversity follow a hump-shaped curve. (2019-03-25)
Low-cost and energy efficient recording of biodiversity soundscapes
An international team of researchers has built a new sensor network that can monitor two crucial activities, namely biodiversity, or the variety of life, in a particular habitat or ecosystem, and identification of possible illegal activities such as logging or poaching in protected areas. (2019-03-21)
Researchers analyze biodiversity patterns in Antarctic Dry Valleys
'Surprisingly, we found that biotic, or living, interactions are crucial in shaping biodiversity patterns even in the extreme ecosystems of the Antarctic Dry Valleys.' (2019-03-20)
Food safety: Dung beetles and soil bacteria reduce risk of human pathogens
Food safety regulations increasingly pressure growers to remove hedgerows, ponds and other natural habitats from farms to keep out pathogen-carrying wildlife and livestock. (2019-03-19)
New study shows human impact erodes chimpanzee behavioral diversity
A research team led by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research investigated whether chimpanzee behavioral diversity is reduced when there is high human impact on their habitats. (2019-03-13)
New species of frog sheds light on major biodiversity hotspot in southern India
An expedition to an isolated hill range located in Southern India along one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world led to the discovery of a new, ancient lineage of frog endemic to the area, according to a study published today in the journal PeerJ. (2019-03-12)
Experts present a new framework for global species monitoring
A group of international experts has developed a much-needed framework to significantly improve the monitoring of status and trends of species worldwide. (2019-03-11)
How to take a census of Earth's biodiversity? One team of researchers has a plan
How do you monitor the number and location of Earth's plants and animals at any given time? (2019-03-11)
Human impacts erode behavioral diversity in chimpanzees
Much of the variation in the behavior among wild chimpanzee groups may be akin to 'cultural' variation in humans. (2019-03-07)
Chimpanzees lose their behavioral and cultural diversity
Chimpanzees are well known for their extraordinary diversity of behaviors, with some behaviors also exhibiting cultural variation. (2019-03-07)
Ecological vineyards help protecting bird population in the environment
Ecological farmlands help protecting bird populations and reducing the effects of global change on the environment. (2019-03-06)
Rethinking old-growth forests using lichens as an indicator of conservation value
Two Canadian biologists propose a better way to assess the conservation value of North American old-growth forests -- using lichens, sensitive bioindicators of environmental change. (2019-03-05)
Due to humans, extinction risk for 1,700 animal species to increase by 2070
As humans continue to expand our use of land across the planet, we leave other species little ground to stand on. (2019-03-04)
Biodiversity crisis: Technological advances in agriculture are not a sufficient response
Rapid population and economic growth are destroying biodiversity. This was reported by researchers from the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Nature Ecology & Evolution. (2019-03-04)
New buzz around insect DNA analysis and biodiversity estimates
Researchers on the remote forested island of Hauturu, New Zealand have compiled a staggering inventory of invertebrate biodiversity using DNA sequencing, adding a significant number of invertebrates to GenBank - an open access database of all publicly available DNA sequences. (2019-02-27)
How fungi influence global plant colonisation
The symbiosis of plants and fungi has a great influence on the worldwide spread of plant species. (2019-02-27)
Unprecedented biological changes in the global ocean
Current monitoring of marine biological systems only covers a tiny fraction of the ocean, which limits our ability to confidently predict the expected effects of climate disturbances on marine biodiversity. (2019-02-25)
Good news: Habitats worthy of protection in Germany are protected
The world's largest coordinated network of protected areas is not located at the South Pole or in Australia, Africa, Asia or on the American continents -- but in Europe. (2019-02-21)
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