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 […]

    Underwater mushrooms: Curious lake fungi under every turned over stone

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  • October 31, 2016
  • While fungi are well known for being essential in cycling carbon and nutrients, there are only about 100,000 described species in contrast to the 1.5 to 3 millions, assumed to exist on Earth. Of these, barely 3000 fungi belong to aquatic habitats. In fact, freshwater fungi have been researched so little, it is only now […]

    Cost-benefit analysis of strategies against severely harmful giant hogweed in Germany

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  • October 3, 2016
  • While invasive species are considered to be a primary driver of biodiversity loss across the globe, species such as the alien for Germany giant hogweed pose even greater risks, including health hazards to humans, limited accessibility to sites, trails and amenity areas, as well as ecological damages. Since 1st January 2015, EU member states are […]