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Stream insects live well in Yorkshire

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:55:00 GMT

How important are our streams and rivers to us in this age of pollution and interference with natural systems? The effect of conifer plantations is generally negative, but the positive effects on some f these streams could point to ways to improve many such forestry projects, as well as the original moorland.

Farmers and Mars go together

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:51:00 GMT

Fairtrade was only the beginning. It’s becoming and even essential to shed the oil palm plantation image and become cognisant of public opinion worldwide and not simply in rich countries. Industry and workers go together, so it now seems likely that ties will have to become closer than ever. Mars here seem totally committed to UN strategies to help alleviate poverty among agricultural workers and farmers. More companies may find it impossible not to follow that lead.

Extinction or habitat management - the stark choice.

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 09:35:01 GMT

The extinction of small and large, plant and animal is a daily event now, as climate change increasingly joins the other anthropogenic influences on the species of our planet. Mapping the possibilities and modelling the effects is now finally helping out with the problems, but we still have to conserve, and quickly.

Salamander polyploid amazes with its genome (s)

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:56:47 GMT

The polyploids among the animals are the focus of the latest research, given the vast number of plant polyploids and the potential of species that have such enhanced genetic capability!

Bees that buzz and those that help the economy!

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:15:00 GMT

It’s that season when the bees, wasps and ants are building to a climax in the Northern Hemisphere. ID can be useful, especially when you consider some of the exotic species, but apart from allergy, most of us are safe with these agricultural workers in our economy.

Rainforest Alliance and UTZ reinvented to fight against climate change.

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:40:00 GMT

How will Paris be implemented? Will farming be a major player in preserving our environment as we feed more people than ever existed? The questions for future generations will be thorny, but the rainforest is a thorny clue about conserving what we have left!We're looking forward to seeing how the new NGO copes with expansion as the politics of climate mitigation progresses.

UK supermarkets must take lead in tackling plastic pollution

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:45:00 GMT

After banning free plastic bags, can stores begin the process of cutting out all plastic packaging? The alternatives could be much less damaging to our health, our fertility, our wildlife and even our genetic constitution!

Myanmar shines with intact forest, but will this biodiversity be conserved?

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:15:00 GMT

How can we conserve the beauty of the largest remaining rainforest in Asia? This tract of land, divided by the dry interior, stretches across the Thai border at one end and connects with Indian reserves at the other. Answers to the everlasting problems of conservation must include governance, proper transparency and perhaps most important, grassroots participation at many levels.

Dingo rules - both kangaroos and nutrient supplies.

Wed, 10 May 2017 09:39:01 GMT

Can we persuade sheep farmers to let in the dingo, so that kangaroos can stop noshing all the delicate vegetation? Now there is further evidence that the natural control of herbivores transfers nutrients around the whole landscape. The dingo seems to be a prime conservator too.

Climate Change drives early laying/hatching, but not only Temperature!

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:16:00 GMT

The tree swallow has magnificent migrations, like many of its ilk. The Alaskan warming however is more drastic than the rest of the continent, like Arctic regions elsewhere, so how does that influence the swallow’s “phenology?”

Bees succeed against the odds, even when solitary.

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:16:55 GMT

What are those small fliers hanging about the wall or the bank? They are not hoverflies because they seem to have nest holes, yet they don’t sting or buzz much either! The solitary bees and the mining bees are just one branch of the great bankers of our fruit tree heritage. They, along with the humble Bumblers, form a major corporation of the pollinators. Here’s a (very) brief life of little Andrena, plagued by cuckoos who are fellow bees. This does remind you of the commercial world of grab and take when you can!

Mountains of men in the Dinaric Alps-a study worthy of work in several more regions.

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:15:00 GMT

The Dutch, the Bosnians, the Scots, the Poles? Which army of men provided the tallest soldiers in those monotonous bloody battles? That fraught argument provided the grist in the past for discussion and possibly wars, but the genetics (and the food) has improved our knowledge. We now understand a little of what our Neolithic cultures have given us through migrations and the haplotypes that people carried with them.

Thai tigers survive and breed in the wild.

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:45:00 GMT

How will we view the current conservation crisis in the future. Tigers, like it or not, are at the forefront of poaching and habitat preservation. We will be judged on whether this is an oversight in counting Indochinese tigers or a genuine result of conservators who struggle to maintain the world’s great rainforests and often die in the attempt. Armed poachers are matched rarely in firepower by rangers and wardens, so protection here may involve more than patrolling. The cameras need to reveal faces and the legal profession needs to get busy on very heavy punishment for those who operate for the ugliest of all motives - greed.

Fascination in rocky pools and their invertebrate inhabitants

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:25:01 GMT

The rocky pools of Maine are the centre of attention in the scientific world for once. How the many interactions work gives insight into the most complex ecosystems on earth, like the coral reefs or the terrestrial examples in rainforest. Crab and whelk, winkle and seaweed all collaborate in the winner eats all scenario of these wonderful pools. An artificial mesocosm provides the experimental basis for the investigation of real rock pools, with these food webs providing evidence of the full facts for the first time.

The Tempo of Evolution is revealed on Hawaii

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:59:00 GMT

If we take a group of islands that suffer from regular volcanic creation and then erosion back into the sea, can we gather invaluable information about how life evolves generally to fill available habitats in other biomes---- ? The answer seems to be YES we can.