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World Environment Day

5 June 2023, Nairobi, Kenya

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6th European Congress of Conservation Biology: “Biodiversity crisis in a changing world”

22 - 26 August 2022, Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic

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#135523
2022-08-04

‘It sustains us all’: IPBES report calls for accounting of nature’s diverse values

A focus on valuing nature through the lens of the market has contributed to the global biodiversity crisis, according to a recent report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

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#135524
2022-08-04

New global map of ant biodiversity reveals areas that may be hiding undiscovered species

They are hunters, farmers, harvesters, gliders, herders, weavers and carpenters. They are ants and they make up a large part of our world, including more 10 000 species and a large part of the animal biomass in most terrestrial ecosystems.

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#135525
2022-08-04

Researchers use artificial intelligence to create a treasure map of undiscovered ant species

E. O. Wilson once referred to invertebrates as “the little things that run the world,” without whom “the human species [wouldn’t] last more than a few months.”

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#135498
2022-08-01

After 14 Years, the Google Maps of Biodiversity has Launched

If you want to find the name of a good steakhouse in the town you are visiting, you would pull up Google Maps. If you want to find the name of the closet relative of red fox, you would pull up LifeGate. At least, that’s how creator Martin Freiberg sees it.

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#135499
2022-08-01

Could This Upcycled Sugar Company Help Solve the Obesity and Biodiversity Crises?

Supplant breaks down typically wasted sugarcane fiber into its signature product, Sugars from Fiber — an entirely new category of sugars that perform like sugar in the kitchen while retaining the nutritional properties of fiber, and mitigating the impacts of one of the world’s most environmental ...

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#135503
2022-08-01

New study finds global forest area per capita has decreased by over 60%

Over the past 60 years, the global forest area has declined by 81.7 million hectares, a loss that contributed to the more than 60% decline in global forest area per capita.

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#135504
2022-08-01

Safe steps for using 'probiotics' to revive biodiversity

Time is running out, say researchers who are proposing a framework to guide the safe use of microbes to restore global biodiversity loss.

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#135501
2022-08-01

Cloud study demystifies impact of aerosols

Aerosol particles in the atmosphere have a bigger impact on cloud cover—but less effect on cloud brightness—than previously thought, new research shows.

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#135507
2022-08-01

New study finds global forest area per capita has decreased by over 60%

Over the past 60 years, the global forest area has declined by 81.7 million hectares, a loss that contributed to the more than 60% decline in global forest area per capita.

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#135508
2022-08-01

How the blue economy will shape the future of Canada's oceans—and its coastal communities

The words "blue economy" will soon shape the future of Canada's oceans, from the fiords and straits of British Columbia to the rugged coastlines of the Atlantic to the vast seascapes of the Arctic.

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#135509
2022-08-01

Marine heatwaves have devastating impacts on marine life in the tropical western and central Pacific Ocean region

Research published in Global and Planetary Change examines the trends and projected frequency, intensity and duration of marine heatwaves (MHWs). A MHW is a 'discrete, prolonged anomalously warm water event' lasting five or more days, with temperatures warmer than the 90th percentile relative to ...

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#135511
2022-08-01

Ocean variability contributes to sandstorms in Northern China

Extreme events such as the "North China Super Sandstorms" in March 2021 have significant impacts on human life, socio-economics and agricultural production. In addition to local meteorological conditions, sea surface temperature (SST) variability in different ocean basins also contributes to san ...

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#135512
2022-08-01

VegSense makes sense for forest studies

Rice researchers set up a Microsoft HoloLens as a mixed-reality sensor to feed VegSense, their application to measure understory vegetation, plant life that grows between the forest canopy and floor.

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#135513
2022-08-01

Scientists now understand the genetics responsible for leaf mimicry in butterfly wings

The top side of the Kallima butterfly's wings are brightly colored, featuring vibrant bands of deep blue, black, and orange. But when this butterfly flaps its wings, the undersides reveal a sharp contrast—they are shades of dull brown that perfectly mimic a dead leaf, camouflaging the butterflie ...

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#135514
2022-08-01

Scientists uncover mechanism that shapes centromere distribution in plants

Since the 1800s, scientists have noted configuration of centromeres, a special chromosomal region that is vital for cell division, in the nucleus.

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#135516
2022-08-01

Study shows top 'ingredient' to good-tasting coffee

But is it the type of bean, the way it is grown—or the way it is processed that makes the most of every last drop of coffee? Researchers recently published a paper about this question in Agrosystems, Geosciences and Environment journal. The journal is a publication of the American Society of Agr ...

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#135517
2022-08-01

Molecular basis of high nitrogen use efficiency of wheat cultivar

A research team led by Prof. Ling Hongqing from the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), together with collaborators from Ludong University and the Computer Network Information Center of CAS, have generated a high-quality genome of Keno ...

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#135484
2022-07-27

Species Biodiversity: Rare Plants in Urban Gardens Can Also Attract a Rare Biodiversity of Bees and Birds

Species biodiversity has been found in a new study to be possible when rare plants grow in urban gardens in the city, causing an attraction of a rare biodiversity of bees and birds.

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#135444
2022-07-26

The scientists who switched focus to fight climate change

It was during a car journey to California in temperatures sometimes exceeding 40 °C that Sophie Gilbert decided she needed to make a major career change.

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#135445
2022-07-26

Get outside for science, says the Nature Conservancy of Canada

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is hoping you'll get outside this weekend, in the name of science. The NCC is holding its annual event, Big Backyard BioBlitz project, which aims to get people to take photos of the plants, animals and insects in their regions and upload them to the organi ...

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#135455
2022-07-26

International leading scientists issue critical guide for using microbiomes to combat global issue of biodiversity loss

A group of leading experts have issued a critical framework for using microbiomes to protect wildlife in an ethical and efficient way.

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#135456
2022-07-26

Evidence found of stingrays making noise

A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Australia working with one colleague from Sweden and another from Spain, has obtained recorded evidence of rays generating sound. In their paper published in the journal Ecology, the researchers describe the noises and how the recordi ...

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#135457
2022-07-26

Net-zero carbon emissions for aircraft overlooks non-CO2 climate impact

A trio of researchers, two with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology's Department of Environmental Systems and the other with Climate Service Center Germany, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, say that reducing CO2 emissions from aircraft will not fully solve the problem of their negative climate co ...

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#135458
2022-07-26

The physics of snow slab avalanches similar to that of earthquakes

Scientists from EPFL and the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF have gained deeper insight into how snow slab avalanches form, paving the way to more effective risk assessment measures for these catastrophic events that induce more avalanche accidents and fatalities every year tha ...

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#135459
2022-07-26

Supervolcano study finds CO2 emissions key to avoiding climate disasters

Lead researcher Dr. Qiang Jiang, a Curtin Ph.D. graduate from Curtin's School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, said the findings were vital to understanding how to prevent future climate disasters.

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#135460
2022-07-26

Measuring the environmental impact of a hydroelectric dam at Inukjuak

The Innavik Hydro Project currently being built by the Pituvik Landholding Corporation in partnership with Hydro-Québec, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and CRT Construction will soon enable the Inuit community of Inukjuak to switch entirely to hydroelectric power. There will be a dam on the Innu ...

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#135461
2022-07-26

Underlying microbial mechanisms driving temperature sensitivity of soil respiration vary by season

The intensity of soil respiration increases with temperature on a global scale. Temperature sensitivity of soil respiration, usually termed as Q10, is defined as the increase in CO2 efflux for a 10°C increase in temperature.

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#135466
2022-07-26

I spent a year squeezing leaves to measure their water content. Here's what I learned

How do you tell if your plants need water? Recently, I asked this question of a group of about 40 biologists at the Australian National University.

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#135467
2022-07-26

Plesiosaur fossils found in the Sahara suggest they weren't just marine animals

Fossils of small plesiosaurs, long-necked marine reptiles from the age of dinosaurs, have been found in a 100-million year old river system that is now Morocco's Sahara Desert. This discovery suggests some species of plesiosaur, traditionally thought to be sea creatures, may have lived in freshw ...

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#135468
2022-07-26

Shedding light on more efficient ways to breed cassava

Crop breeders are always looking for ways to improve a crop. They know that even small differences in quality and quantity can mean big differences in profits for farmers. So, making the breeding process faster and cheaper makes it more likely they will have success.

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#135469
2022-07-26

Winter precipitation and temperature constrain distribution of cedrus plants

The genus Cedrus Trew (Pinaceae) compromises four species of evergreen coniferous trees, which have important cultural, aesthetic, scientific and economic values.

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#135470
2022-07-26

Researchers reveal how parasitic plants evolved

Parasitic plants are extraordinary plants with unique physiology, ecology, and evolutionary histories, and little is known about their origin and evolution. Initially, certain autotrophs evolved to be facultative hemiparasitic plants which obtained only water and mineral nutrients from their hos ...

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#135471
2022-07-26

Infrared heater arrays help to simulate ecosystem-scale forest soil warming

Under global warming, the rising temperature will exert profound impacts on forest ecosystems. How forest ecosystems respond to climate warming will determine forest trajectories over the next 100 years.

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#135472
2022-07-26

Tree fern genome provides insights into its evolution

Land plants evolved 470 million years ago from algae and have since reshaped our world. Throughout their evolution, ferns have undergone a series of changes that have helped them survive on land. For the first time, researchers have characterized the genome arrangement of tree ferns, which sheds ...

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#135403
2022-07-21

How Fish Poop Might Help Corals Overcome Bleaching

Researchers are working to prove that coral-eating fish spread corals’ symbiotic algae in their feces. If they’re right, it could open new opportunities for helping struggling reefs cope.

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#135416
2022-07-21

A Tool for Fighting Superbugs Has Been Found Deep in the Desert

IN NORTHERN CHINA, where the Gobi Desert meets the Tibetan Plateau, lies a vast expanse of rippling sand dunes, mountains, and bare rock.

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#135420
2022-07-21

Lonely old deer: Aging red deer become less social as they grow older

A multidisciplinary team led by researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh has found that wild red deer become less sociable with age.

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#135421
2022-07-21

How the zebrafish repairs a broken heart

An MDC research team led by Jan Philipp Junker and Daniela Panáková has found that zebrafish can regenerate heart tissue after injury. Connective tissue cells play an important role in the process by temporarily entering an activated state, as the team reports in Nature Genetics.

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#135422
2022-07-21

Plant buddies now at odds over declining pollinators

Competition for pollinating insects may reduce the ability of plant species to coexist, according to a paper published in Nature. This effect, which may impact plant diversity, is expected to be heightened as the number of pollinators decreases.

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#135423
2022-07-21

Not only are bird species going extinct, but they might also lose the features that make each species unique

Climate change is causing a mass extinction the likes of which has not been seen in recorded history. For birds, this biodiversity loss has implications beyond just species loss. In research publishing in the journal Current Biology on July 21, researchers use statistical modeling to predict tha ...

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#135424
2022-07-21

Meet Qikiqtania, a fossil fish with the good sense to stay in the water while others ventured onto land

Approximately 365 million years ago, one group of fishes left the water to live on land. These animals were early tetrapods, a lineage that would radiate to include many thousands of species including amphibians, birds, lizards and mammals. Human beings are descendants of those early tetrapods, ...

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#135425
2022-07-21

How forest structure drives productivity

Forests make large contributions to Earth's climate, from releasing water vapor to pulling in carbon dioxide from the air, which mitigates global warming. The arrangement of trees affects how forests use light and water for photosynthesis, and it is known that more complex forests have higher pr ...

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#135427
2022-07-21

Mangrove forest found living in freshwater

An international team of researchers has found a mangrove forest living in a freshwater part of the Amazonian delta. In their paper published in the journal Current Biology, the group describes their study of the Amazonian delta and explain why their find is so important.

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#135428
2022-07-21

Most ecology research is 'wasted': Researchers call for urgent action

Climate change, pollution, and the lack of pollinators are just a few of the many challenges we face, both locally and globally. Ecology plays a key role in addressing these challenges.

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#135429
2022-07-21

Beloved monarch butterflies now listed as endangered

The monarch butterfly fluttered a step closer to extinction Thursday, as scientists put the iconic orange-and-black insect on the endangered list because of its fast dwindling numbers.

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#135430
2022-07-21

Wild tiger numbers higher than previously thought

There are 40 percent more tigers in the wild than previously thought, but with a maximum of 5,578 on the prowl, they remain an endangered species, conservationists said Thursday.

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