A genus of European paper wasps revised for the first time using integrative taxonomy

  • November 13, 2017
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    The European and Mediterranean species of the paper wasp genus Polistes were recently revised by scientists at the SNSB-Zoologische Staatssammlung München (ZSM). For the first time for this group scientists applied an integrative taxonomic approach which combines traditional morphological methods with modern DNA barcoding. As a result, the researchers were able to identify a new species […]

    Artificial neural networks could power up curation of natural history collections

  • November 2, 2017
  • Smithsonian researchers classifying digitized herbarium sheets that have been stained with mercury to build a training dataset.

    Deep learning techniques manage to differentiate between similar plant families with up to 99 percent accuracy, Smithsonian researchers reveal Millions, if not billions, of specimens reside in the world’s natural history collections, but most of these have not been carefully studied, or even looked at, in decades. While containing critical data for many scientific endeavors, […]

    When lemons give you life: Herpetofauna adaptation to citrus orchards in Belize

  • October 16, 2017
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    Natural habitat areas exhibit similar abundances and diversity of herpetofauna as citrus orchards and reclaimed orchard forests in Stann Creek, Belize, reports a comparative study by researchers Russell Gray and Dr. Colin Strine of Suranaree University of Technology (SUT), Thailand. The scientists utilized several drift-fence arrays equipped with double-funnel traps to monitor and compare reptile and […]

    DNA study in the Pacific reveals 2000% increase in our knowledge of mollusc biodiversity

  • October 10, 2017
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    Scientists working in the new frontier for deep-sea mining have revealed a remarkable 2000% increase in our knowledge of the biodiversity of seafloor molluscs. Tweny-one species, where only one was previously known, are reported as a result of the research which applied the latest DNA-taxonomy methodology to mollusc specimens collected from the central Pacific Clarion […]

    Two Caribbean bird-catcher trees named after two women with overlooked botanical work

  • September 26, 2017
  • Fully ripe, the infructescences of Pisonia roqueae probably stick to animals as a dispersal strategy.

    Known for their biodiversity richness, the Caribbean Islands are now adding two new species of bird-catcher trees to their list of botanical treasures. Commonly referred to as bird-catcher trees, the species whose ripe fruits are sticky and can be glued to birds, are from the four-o’clock family (Nyctaginaceae) and only found in Puerto Rico. Baptised Pisonia […]

    New open-access journal Metabarcoding & Metagenomics joins the lines of publisher Pensoft

  • September 25, 2017
  • MBMG and Pensoft

    The new innovative academic journal makes use of the one-of-a-kind publishing platform ARPHA and its collaborative writing tool via the ARPHA-XML workflow A new innovative open-access academic journal Metabarcoding and Metagenomics (MBMG) is launched to welcome novel papers from both basic and applied aspects. Focusing on genetic approaches to study biodiversity across all ecosystems, MBMG covers a […]

    Heat-loving Australian ants believe in diversity, hint 74 species new to science

  • September 21, 2017
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    The ‘furnace ants’ or ‘honeypot ants’ present a very large genus of ants, Melophorus, confined to Australia. Long believed to be megadiverse, some scientists have even suggested that the group may contain ‘well over 1000 species’. However, to this point, only 32 species and subspecies had been described. Scientists Dr Brian Heterick of Curtin University, Dr Mark Castalanelli of Ecodiagnostics Pty […]

    An extraordinary cave animal found in Eastern Turkmenistan

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    A remote cave in Eastern Turkmenistan was found to shelter a marvelous cave-adapted inhabitant that turned out to represent a species and genus new to science. This new troglodyte is the first of its order from Central Asia and the first strictly subterranean terrestrial creature recorded in the country. Kaptarhana cave is located at the […]

    Connecting plants and society: The Shenzhen Declaration, a new roadmap for plant sciences

  • September 18, 2017
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    Environmental degradation, unsustainable resource use, and biodiversity loss are just a few points in the long list of pertinent issues that call for collaborative solutions from science and society together. Unanimously supported by participants at the XIX International Botanical Congress, held in July 2017, Shenzhen, China, the Shenzhen Declaration for Plant Sciences, runs under the slogan […]