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October 4, 2015

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October 4, 2015

Pan-European Species-Directories Infrastructure: Basis for Handling Big Taxonomic Data

Sep. 30, 2015 — Looked down on with scepticism by many taxonomists, handling big data efficiently is a challenge that can only be met with thorough and multi-layered efforts from scientists and technological ... read more

Biodiversity and Carbon Co-Benefits to Improve Sustainable Palm Oil Production

Sep. 22, 2015 — Important new information has been revealed to help conserve biodiversity and facilitate more sustainable palm oil ... read more

Sep. 17, 2015 — The Sumatran rhino -- one of the most critically endangered mammals on the planet -- may have just received a lifeline. A new scientific publication applies an enhanced population survey technique to ... read more

Sep. 17, 2015 — Altered or new environmental conditions, such as those brought about by climate change, impose challenges on living organisms. This can drive species to extinction if they fail to adapt or adjust ... read more

Sep. 17, 2015 — A new report reveals an alarming decline in marine biodiversity over the last few decades. According to the report, populations of marine vertebrates have declined by 49% between 1970 and 2012, with ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — Genetic diversity is essential for a species to be able to adapt to environmental change, and when a population is divided into small, isolated fragments, that can spell trouble. To determine whether ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — China has invested substantially in nature reserves to protect giant pandas in the wild. A new study finds that in addition to benefiting the charismatic pandas, the reserves also protect substantial ... read more

World Has Lost Three Percent of Its Forests Since 1990

Sep. 14, 2015 — The globe's forests have shrunk by three per cent since 1990 -- an area equivalent to the size of South Africa -- despite significant improvements in conservation over the past ... read more

Sep. 11, 2015 — South Florida is on the front lines in the war against invasive reptiles and amphibians because its warm climate makes it a place where they like to live, a new study shows. Using computer models and ... read more

Sep. 10, 2015 — One gene mutation in a single species can trigger dramatic changes in whole biological communities, new research shows. These changes can be as great as those caused by the extinction of a top ... read more

Sep. 8, 2015 — The devastating impact has been revealed of illegal logging on bird communities in the understory layer of Ghana's Upper Guinea rain forests, one of the world's 25 "biodiversity ... read more

Ants on the March in Non-Native Conifer Forests

Sep. 8, 2015 — A species of ant is thriving in habitats created by thousands of acres of coniferous forest planted in a UK National Park in the last 60 years, according to new ... read more

Sep. 7, 2015 — Researchers have discovered the assembly instructions for nearly 1,000 protein complexes shared by most kinds of animals, revealing their deep evolutionary relationships. Those instructions offer a ... read more

Could More Intensive Farming Practices Benefit Tropical Birds?

Sep. 3, 2015 — Does it help when farms share the land with birds and other animals? The short answer is 'no,' based on the diversity of bird species. If the goal is to preserve more bird species, ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Coral reef diversity 'hotspots' in the southwestern Indian Ocean rely more on the biomass of fish than where they are located, researchers say, a conclusion that has major implications for ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — The Earth's first mass extinction event 540 million years ago was caused not by a meteorite impact or volcanic super-eruption but by the rise of early animals that dramatically changed the ... read more

Ancient Hybridization Key to Domestic Dog's Origin, Wolf Conservation Efforts

Sep. 1, 2015 — The ancestry of man's best friend is more complicated than its furry coat and soulful eyes betray. Understanding the evolutionary history of the domesticated dog may help protect endangered ... read more

The Four-Letter Code: How DNA Barcoding Can Accelerate Biodiversity Inventories

Sep. 1, 2015 — With unprecedented biodiversity loss occurring, we must determine how many species we share the planet with. This can start in our backyards, but speed is critical. A new study shows how biodiversity ... read more

Heat and Acid Could Squeeze Trout out of Southern Appalachian Streams

Sep. 1, 2015 — A newly published research study that combines effects of warming temperatures from climate change with stream acidity projects average losses of around 10 percent of stream habitat for coldwater ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — The careful examination of fossil fragments from Panama has led Smithsonian scientists and colleagues to the discovery of a new genus and species of river dolphin that has been long extinct. The team ... read more

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