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FCiencias

Agriculture sustainability: a question of crowd control!

Cristina Cruz from FCiencias.Id discusses agriculture sustainability, high demand and the need for the use of fertilizers We all know how much pressure agriculture is under. An increasing and more demanding population is pushing farmers towards an intensive and super-intensive farming to supply the markets with quality, cheap and safe food....
The Baltic Sea

The wonders of the Baltic Sea

Susanna Kaasinen, Project Manager and Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary at the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission – Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) explore the wonders of the Baltic Sea
global biodiversity

Training a global biodiversity workforce for the 21st century

Director of University of Florida Biodiversity Institute, Pamela S. Soltis gives a compelling insight into the world of biodiversity and the importance of training the workforce behind it Biodiversity – the extraordinary variety of life on Earth – is fundamental to a healthy, sustainable planet, yet the connections between biodiversity,...
Cereal Species

New markets for traditional cereal varieties

Bernadette Oehen and Martina Eiseltová from HealthyMinorCereals.eu shares their thoughts on new markets for traditional cereal varieties The diversity of cultivated cereal species and varieties has been severely reduced over the past 50 years. Even though there are regional differences, common wheat, grain maize and barley are the most common...

Assessing climate change in the Arctic

Norwegian Polar Institute’s Director Jan-Gunnar Winther highlights the challenges associated with climate change in the Arctic and its global impact
marine biodiversity

Towards healthy and productive seas with strong marine biodiversity

Hans Bruyninckx of the European Environment Agency (EEA) explores climate change and marine biodiversity in this insightful article Marine biodiversity, the global climate and our economy and social wellbeing all depend on healthy seas. Despite some improvements, our assessments show that the way we currently use Europe’s seas remains unsustainable....
biodiversity data

iDigBio: Serving biodiversity data and resources to the World

Pamela S Soltis, Director of the University of Florida’s Biodiversity Institute shares a compelling insight into the digitisation of biodiversity data
fruit flies

Understanding evolution, past and future

Dr Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo from CNRS details her work on fruit flies, which examines the intricate link between genes and visible traits of living creatures
natural world

The natural world – Why field studies matter

Thomas L. Fleischner, Ph. D, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute discusses the critical importance of direct engagement with the natural world
ivory trade ban

Ivory trade ban set for the UK

The UK government is set to impose an ivory trade ban at all levels in order to reduce demand, protecting African elephants An ivory trade ban has been attempted before, but it would have excluded the sale and procurement of certain antiques. The new ban introduced by environment secretary Michael Gove will...
rainforest mining

Brazil backtracks on plans to open up Amazon reserve to rainforest mining

The Brazillian President Michel Temer has backtracked on plans to open the Renca Reserve in the Amazon up to rainforest mining The President sparked outrage when he announced the plans to allow rainforest mining in August this year, with campaigners calling it the 'biggest attack on the Amazon in 50...
microplastics

New images show the worrying reach of microplastics

New images from Thomson Ecology show how far microplastics have reached into our food chain, affecting organisms on a microscopic scale
badger cull

Uk expands badger cull ‘kill zone’

The controversial UK badger cull has been expanded, extending the area of the cull which will raise the death toll to an estimated 33,841 In a controversial move, the UK government has expanded the badger cull 'kill zone' in an attempt to battle bovine tuberculosis. The Department of Environment, Food, and...

Brazilian president gives greenlight to rainforest mining

Brazil has given the go ahead for rainforest mining in a large national reserve in the Amazon ' the size of Denmark', said to be rich in gold The Brazillian government has given up a large area of the rainforest, formerly a national reserve, allowing mining companies to excavate the area...

Recognising the important role of biodiversity

Pamela S. Soltis, Director, University of Florida Biodiversity Institute, reveals the key work being done in the US to respond to the ‘biodiversity crisis’

The US National Park Service and the environment

Open Access Government’s Ciara Ruane explores the role of the US National Park Service and explains how it protects the environment across the US
University of Florida - Biodiversity institute

The Soltis Lab

Scientists and students in the Soltis Lab are currently working with a variety of technologies to investigate mechanisms of speciation, evolutionary relationships and character evolution in flowering and land plants at all taxonomic levels. Current projects include the study of higher level phylogenetic relationships and character evolution in the...

Ensuring the preservation of biodiversity in Finland

Petri Ahlroth, Director of the Natural Environment Centre, Finnish Environment Institute explains why it is important to protect biodiversity in Finland
agriculture

Organic farming isn’t bad, but sustainable agriculture is better

Gavin Whitmore, Senior Manager – Biodiversity at the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) looks at how integrated pest management supports the sustainable intensification of agriculture Society is increasingly aware of the dual challenge of feeding a growing population whilst protecting the environment. Organic agriculture is often marketed as being an environmentally...

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