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Why biodiversity is key to our survival

Diversity, be it genetic, morphological, behavioural or ecological, is at the heart of many controversies. It fascinates us or worries us, depending on the context. But what is biological diversity? How useful is it, how ...

dateDec 07, 2018 in Evolution Ecology
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Fish at home on subsea oil and gas pipelines

A research project carried out by The University of Western Australia on a BHP subsea oil and gas pipeline off the north-west coast of Australia has found the pipeline has two to three times more the commercial value of fish ...

dateDec 07, 2018 in Ecology
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Monitoring species: Are we looking long enough?

The conservation of animals relies heavily on estimates of their numbers. Without knowing how many individuals there are, it is impossible to know whether a population is thriving or dying out—and whether conservation efforts ...

Study solves puzzle of snail and slug feeding preferences

Gardeners have puzzled for years as to why some seedlings are more commonly eaten by slugs and snails—and new research suggests it may be down to the smells produced by young seedlings in the early stages of their development.

Conservation of wood-inhabiting fungi is complicated

Many wood-inhabiting fungi suffer from the changes caused by forest management. For that reason, the different fungal groups and tree species should be better addressed in the conservation planning. New information about ...

Human actions impact wild salmon's ability to evolve

Once spring-run chinook salmon disappear, they are not likely to re-emerge, indicates genetic analysis of the revered wild fish in a study led by the University of California, Davis. Prompt conservation action could preserve ...

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