DNA barcoding reveals extent of arthropod biodiversity

DNA barcoding reveals extent of arthropod biodiversity

The once impossible task of identifying all specimens within a large field collection of arthropod has been remedied using DNA barcoding

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Investigating dry forest reptiles using unconventional methods

Investigating dry forest reptiles using unconventional methods

Unusual methods of tracking and identifying reptiles are being used in North West Madagascar. ‘Invisible’ UV nail polish and fluorescent powder are making it possible to study chameleons and snakes without making them more conspicuous to predators.

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Range-restricted endemics under-represented in ex-situ conservation breeding programmes

Range-restricted endemics under-represented in ex-situ conservation breeding programmes

New research has demonstrated that many species groups representing the highest extinction risk are actually underrepresented in zoo breeding programmes

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Cusuco coffee landscape

The appeal of landscape-level certification to enhance biodiversity conservation and community development

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have been investigating the viability of landscape-level ecosystem conservation and community development in the context of coffee production, consumption and trade.

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Establishing baseline data on bats for REDD+ verification

Establishing baseline data on bats for REDD+ verification

Vital baseline information on bats is being collated at Iwokrama Forest in Guyana. The data will provide indications of wider species diversity and abundance.

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Understanding indirect interactions when livestock occupy protected areas

Understanding indirect interactions when livestock occupy protected areas

New research suggests that wise management of mixed predator-prey communities can often create desirable indirect effects for the conservation of native biodiversity

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Monitoring mammal populations for sustainable hunting

Monitoring mammal populations for sustainable hunting

Monitoring the sustainability of hunting levels within the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, Peru, is proving successful in maintaining stable populations of animals taken as bush meat whilst ensuring the needs of the local Cocama Indian communities are met

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Conserving the grasslands of Transylvania

Conserving the grasslands of Transylvania

Southern Transylvania’s relatively unspoilt countryside yields a glimpse of an older Europe and the grasslands of Transylvania contain a wealth of biodiversity but are increasingly under threat

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The Island Biogeography of Birds on the Wakatobi archipelago

The Island Biogeography of Birds on the Wakatobi archipelago

Recent work on bird populations on the Wakatobi archipelago has revealed that many smaller bird species are morphologically and genetically distinct from their mainland relatives. The outcome could be that the Wakatobi islands qualify for Important Bird Area status

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Reef survey of entire East African coast

Reef survey of entire East African coast

An ambitious project to collect data on the reef fish community structure along the whole of East Africa’s coast aims to provide a baseline understanding to underpin and inform future conservation efforts.

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