Austrian-Danish research team discover as many as 22 new moth species from across Europe

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  • November 29, 2018
  • The last time so many previously unknown moths have been discovered at once in the best-studied continent was in 1887 Following a long-year study of the family of twirler moths, an Austrian-Danish research team discovered a startling total of 44 new species, including as many as 22 species inhabiting various regions throughout Europe. Given that […]

    A primer in access and benefit-sharing for DNA barcoders

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  • January 17, 2018
  • New open access book provides essential background for molecular biodiversity researchers on international policy regarding use and transfer of genetic materials Molecular biology approaches, such as DNA barcoding, have become part of the standard toolkit for a growing number of biodiversity researchers and practitioners, with an increasing scope of applications in important areas, such as environmental […]

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

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  • November 13, 2017
  • 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 […]

    Efficiency of insect biodiversity monitoring via Malaise trap samples and DNA barcoding

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  • December 5, 2016
  • The massive decline of over 75% insect biomass reported from Germany between 1989 and 2013 by expert citizen scientists proves the urgent need for new methods and standards for fast and wide-scale biodiversity assessments. If we cannot understand species composition, as well as their diversity patterns and reasons behind them, we will fail not only […]

    Surprising exotic flies in the backyard: New gnat species from Museum Koenig’s garden

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  • April 4, 2016
  • Little did scientists Kai Heller and Björn Rulik expect to discover a new species in Germany’s Alexander Koenig Museum‘s garden upon placing a malaise trap for testing purposes. Not only did an unknown and strikingly coloured gnat get caught, but it turned out to be a species, which showed to have much more in common […]