The Alps are home to more than 3,000 lichens

  • March 12, 2018
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    Historically, the Alps have always played an emblematic role, being one of the largest continuous natural areas in Europe. With its numerous habitats, the mountain system is easily one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in Europe. Lichens are curious organisms comprising a stable symbiosis between a fungus and one or more photosynthetic organisms, for example […]

    Two new species of stone centipedes found hiding in larch forests in China

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    Scientists described two species of previously unknown stone centipedes from China. Now housed at the Hengshui University, China, where all members of the team work, the studied specimens were all collected in the leaf litter or under rocks in larch forests. Having conducted their research across China, researchers Dr Sujian Pei, Yanmin Lu, Haipeng Liu, Dr […]

    The Biodiversity Literature Repository passes the 200,000-items milestone

  • March 6, 2018
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    The achievement is a result of an automated information-extraction workflow developed by Plazi, Pensoft and Zenodo/CERN Everyday a large number of biodiversity data are uploaded to the free and open Biodiversity Literature Repository (BLR), a joint venture of Plazi and Pensoft, hosted on Zenodo/CERN. The automated workflow, successfully digitizing scientific literature from start to finish, assures that articles and their sub-article […]

    Pensoft’s ARPHA teams with Hypothesis to encourage scientific discourse through annotation

  • March 1, 2018
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    In a new integration, the Pensoft-developed innovative journal publishing platform ARPHA teams up with nonprofit, open-source annotation technology provider Hypothesis to further enable academic discussion and foster collaboration in the spirit of open science practices. This partnership makes Pensoft the second publisher to implement this technology across its whole journal portfolio. Current and future scholarly journals using ARPHA, including Research Ideas and Outcomes […]

    Double trouble: Invasive insect species overlooked as a result of a shared name

  • February 8, 2018
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    An invasive leaf-mining moth, feeding on cornelian cherry, has been gradually expanding its distributional range from its native Central Europe northwards for a period likely longer than 60 years. During that period, it has remained under the cover of a taxonomic confusion, while going by a name shared with another species that feeds on common […]

    A glimpse of the flora of Southeast Asia puts a spotlight on its conservation

  • January 31, 2018
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    A new special issue in PhytoKeys features a total of 18 new species from across 7 plant families Covering only 3 % of Earth’s total land area, four overlapping biodiversity hotspots in South East China – Indo-Burma, Philippines, Sundaland and Wallacea – are estimated to be the home of the astonishing 20 to 25 % […]