Not Your Typical Conference Abstract #TDWG2021

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  • July 13, 2021
  • TDWG 2021, the virtual conference of Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) being held 18–22 October, issued a call for abstracts representing presentations in fifteen symposia, as well as posters (including infographics), and contributed oral presentations appropriate to the conference theme Connecting the world of biodiversity data: uniting people, processes, and tools. Registration is now open, with the deadline for abstract submission set to 2 August 2021.

    Trapdoor spiders named after Neil Gaiman, Peter Gabriel and Brandi Carlile among 33 new to science species

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  • July 7, 2021
  • New species named after famous novelist Neil Gaiman, musician and human rights activist Peter Gabriel and singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile are among thirty-three new trapdoor spiders described from across North and South America. Following the discovery, published in the openly accessible, peer-reviewed scholarly journal ZooKeys, the known species in the genus Ummidia increased more than twice.

    ARPHA expands to computer science with International Journal of Universal Computer Science

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  • July 6, 2021
  • The scholarly publisher and technology provider Pensoft and its self-developed publishing platform ARPHA welcome The International Journal of Universal Computer Science (J.UCS) to their portfolio. With this addition, the publisher, best known for a wide range of biodiversity-themed journals, steps into the field of computer science. Since 1995, J.UCS has been publishing, digitally and in […]

    Beetles, biodiversity and ‘Battlestar Galactica’

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  • June 25, 2021
  • Michigan State entomologists have discovered dozens of new beetle species — and named some after iconic sci-fi heroines The original Star Trek television series took place in a future when space is the final frontier, but humanity hasn’t reached that point quite yet. As researchers like Michigan State University entomologists Sarah Smith and Anthony Cognato […]

    Are zoos inadvertently complicit in wildlife trade? The case of a rare Borneo lizard

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  • Should zoos display legally protected species that have been smuggled out of their range countries? A new study suggests that a pause and rethink may be needed, as it reports that accredited zoos have acquired a rare and legally protected reptile, the earless monitor lizard endemic to Borneo, without any evidence that the animals were […]

    Pensoft welcomes SNSB’s paleontology and geobiology journal Zitteliana to its portfolio

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  • June 23, 2021
  • The first papers of the journal of the Bavarian State Collection of Palaeontology and Geology in Munich since the move to Pensoft’s publishing platform are now online The scholarly publisher and technology provider Pensoft welcomes the latest addition to its diverse portfolio of scientific outlets – the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Zitteliana, which publishes research in […]

    New methods needed to boost success of Classical Biological Control to fight insect pests

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  • June 22, 2021
  • The success of Classical Biological Control in the Western Paleartic ecozone is rarely dependent on the released biological control agent, but more often on other factors, such as the target pest, its host plant, or the circumstances of the releases A CABI-led study has revealed that the success of Classical Biological Control (CBC) in Europe, […]

    Call for research outcomes addressing four UN Sustainable Development Goals in RIO Journal

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  • June 15, 2021
  • Eligible submissions enjoy a 50% discount off APCs in 2021 Since its launch in 2015, RIO Journal has been mapping its articles to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The articles published so far span the entire research cycle, a broad range of research fields and all SDGs, which can also be […]

    Safe distance: How to make sure our outdoor activities don’t harm wildlife

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  • June 2, 2021
  • Spending time outdoors is good for a person’s body and soul, but how good is it for the wildlife around us? Outdoor recreation has become a popular activity, especially in the midst of a pandemic, where access to indoor activities might be limited. Long known to have negative behavioural and physiological effects on wildlife, outdoor […]