Audit finds biodiversity data aggregators ‘lose and confuse’ data

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  • April 23, 2018
  • In an effort to improve the quality of biodiversity records, the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) use automated data processing to check individual data items. The records are provided to the ALA and GBIF by museums, herbaria and other biodiversity data sources. However, an independent analysis of such records reports that ALA […]

    The Alps are home to more than 3,000 lichens

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  • March 12, 2018
  • 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 […]

    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 […]

    From a bulletin to a modern open access journal: Italian Botanist in Pensoft’s portfolio

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  • May 12, 2016
  • Established in the distant 1888, the Italian Botanical Society has gone a long way towards publishing its achievements and research. Originated as a bulletin within an Italian journal, they have been growing ever since to now form a new international journal in its own right. Covering both Italian and international research in botany and mycology, […]

    Top 50 most wanted fungi: New search function zooms in on the dark fungal diversity

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  • March 21, 2016
  • There are many millions of undescribed fungi, and public DNA sequence databases contain thousands of fungal sequences that cannot be assigned to any known fungal group with confidence. Many of these sequences have defied robust taxonomic assignment for more than 10 years. Frustrated at this situation, an international group of researchers presents a search functionin […]