Green backyards help increase urban climate resilience: Here is how

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  • January 25, 2022
  • Taking into account a variety of trees and green structures in four otherwise similar residential courtyards, a new study evaluates their effects on thermal comfort, biodiversity, carbon storage and social interaction. The authors show that those courtyards with more green structures yield considerably better results than those with fewer, and in their cooling capacity have a significant impact on people’s thermal comfort. The study was published in the open-access journal One Ecosystem.

    Extensive practical guide to DNA-based biodiversity assessment methods published as a ‘living’ document by DNAqua-Net COST Action

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  • January 11, 2022
  • Between 2016 and 2021, over 500 researchers collaborated within the DNAqua-Net international network, funded by the European Union’s European Cooperation in Science and Technology programme (COST), with the goal to develop and advance biodiversity assessment methods based on analysis of DNA obtained from the environment (e.g. river water) or from unsorted collections of organisms.  Such innovative methods are a […]

    NeoBiota invites risk analysis studies in a new Special Issue on advancements in the screening of freshwater and terrestrial non-native species

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  • October 20, 2021
  • The “Recent advancements in the risk screening of freshwater and terrestrial non-native species” Special Issue in the open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal NeoBiota is now open for submissions. The deadline for submission is 28 February 2022, with the issue scheduled for publication in August 2022.

    To combat global change, scientists must prioritize community partnerships

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  • May 20, 2021
  • Guest blog post by Kennedy “Ned” Rubert-Nason, Caitlin Mandeville and Kirsten Schwarz Global change is an immediate, accelerating threat to humanity, and its impacts are perpetuated by human activities. Changes such as climate warming, landscape alteration, pollution, resource extraction and depletion, extreme events, biodiversity loss, and spreading of invasive species including diseases, threaten the natural […]

    Ten years of ecosystem services matrix: Review of a (r)evolution

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  • June 1, 2020
  • In recent years, the concept of Ecosystem Services (ES): the benefits people obtain from ecosystems, such as pollination provided by bees for crop growing, timber provided by forests or recreation enabled by appealing landscapes, has been greatly popularised, especially in the context of impeding ecological crises and constantly degrading natural environments.  Hence, there has been […]

    The EU not ready for the release of Gene drive organisms into the environment

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  • May 7, 2020
  • Gene drive organisms (GDOs) have been suggested as an approach to solve some of the most pressing environmental and public health issues. Currently, it remains unclear what kind of regulations are to be used to cover the potential risks. In their study, published in the open-access journal BioRisk, scientists evaluate the options for an operational risk assessment of GDOs before their release into environments across the EU.

    Taxonomist Day at Pensoft: Three species in the WoRMS’ Top 10 Marine Species of 2019 described in our journals

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  • March 19, 2020
  • Happy Taxonomist Appreciation Day, everyone! In a lovely tradition, the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) issued the Top 10 Marine Species of 2019 for the ninth time around on time for this special day!  In what has also already become a tradition we are particularly proud of, it’s not one, but several species described […]

    19th-century bee cells in a Panamanian cathedral shed light on human impact on ecosystems

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  • January 27, 2020
  • About 120 clusters of 19th-century orchid bee nests were found during restoration work on the altarpiece of Basilica Cathedral in Casco Viejo (Panamá). Having conducted the first pollen analysis for these extremely secretive insects, the researchers identified the presence of 48 plant species, representing 23 families.

    Illegal hunting and bushmeat trade threatens biodiversity and wildlife of Angola

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  • January 6, 2020
  • Hunting and bushmeat trade negatively impact wildlife worldwide with serious implications for biodiversity conservation. The current situation in Angola shows a concerning increase in bushmeat trade along main roads. In a recent publication in the open-access journal Nature Conservation, an international group of scientists presented data gathered on a roundtrip around five main Angolan cities. It turned out that the influence of those activities on wildlife population is very unsettling.

    Experiment suggests the best ways to tackle invasive Oregon grape in Belgian coastal dunes

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  • December 12, 2019
  • The Belgian coastal dunes, a protected habitat of high conservation value, are getting severely impacted by one of its worst enemies amongst invasive species: the Oregon grape. To help mitigate the detrimental effect of this North American shrub invader, Belgian scientists carried out an experiment to assess the effectiveness of different management methods.