Poison ivy an unlikely hero in warding off exotic invaders?

  • November 14, 2017
  • Anna Freundlich, student co-author of the research paper in Biodiversity Data Journal, heading into a survey site.

    Dozens of studies have looked at the effects of Japanese knotweed on natural communities in Europe and North America. Yet Bucknell University professor Chris Martine still felt there was something important to learn about what the plant was doing along the river in his own backyard. “The more time I spent in the forests along the Susquehanna […]

    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, […]

    A decade of monitoring shows the dynamics of a conserved Atlantic tropical forest

  • August 16, 2017
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    Characterised with its immense biodiversity and high levels of endemism, the Atlantic Tropical Forest has been facing serious anthropogenic threats over the last several decades, demanding for such activities and their effects to be closely studied and monitored as part of the forest dynamics. Cattle farming, expanding agricultural land areas and mining have reduced the […]