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Updates of conservation efforts in the fields of genetics, biology and ecology by a Master of Science student. Plus topics that interest me in general, loosely related to conservation :)
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Forest Conservation Activist Miranda Gibson Spends 449 Days in Tree to Protest ... - Opposing Views

Forest Conservation Activist Miranda Gibson Spends 449 Days in Tree to Protest ... - Opposing Views | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
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The 35 Most Spectacular Wildlife Photos From The National Geographic Photo Contest

The 35 Most Spectacular Wildlife Photos From The National Geographic Photo Contest | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
The world is amazing. Enjoy a compilation of the most spectacular wildlife photos! (@FROGBOX Seriously for Real: http://t.co/WWndN0rDkT)
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New Genetics Research on Leopards and Tigers in India Underscores the Importance of Protecting Forest Corridors - National Zoo| FONZ

New Genetics Research on Leopards and Tigers in India Underscores the Importance of Protecting Forest Corridors - National Zoo| FONZ | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
As rapid economic expansion continues to shape the Asian landscape on which many species depend, time is running out for conservationists aiming to save wildlife such as tigers and leopards.
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Habitat fragmentation can divide populations of species into isolated groups, which can lead to inbreeding and a genetic bottleneck that affects the long-term viability of the population. It is important that forest corridors are maintained to enable movement between populations. 

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Russia sets tougher penalties for trafficking endangered animals

Russia sets tougher penalties for trafficking endangered animals | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Russia’s State Duma has approved legislative amendments that mean tougher punishments for poaching and trafficking of rare species will come into force.  
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Russia has tightened its laws against smuggling endangered animals. Previously only those caught smuggling rare animals worth more than 1 million roubles (US$30,000) could be prosecuted under criminal law, now anyone importing an endangered species could be prosecuted under criminal law. And rightly so. 

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Study Maps Likely Wildlife Migration Corridors as Climate Warms | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Study Maps Likely Wildlife Migration Corridors as Climate Warms | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
The southeastern U.S., eastern Canada, and the Amazon Basin could become three of the more heavily used wildlife thoroughfares as species are forced to relocate (Study Maps Likely Wildlife Migration Corridors as Climate Warms -
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Now more than ever it is important to keep migration corridors in mind when planning cities and new routes.

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Can conservation biology save the planet's biodiversity? - Salon

Can conservation biology save the planet's biodiversity? - Salon | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
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Can conservation biology save the planet's biodiversity?
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Davis is one of the founders of a new school of thought called conservation biology.
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Perhaps conservation biology can't save every species, and perhaps we are trying in vain given the amount of space most species have left to roam without the interruption of humans, but that doesn't mean we should stop trying to conserve their habitat or the species itself. Even the smallest achievement could make a giant difference. 

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Top tips for making your garden wildlife-friendly

Top tips for making your garden wildlife-friendly | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Adrian Thomas: From cutting chemicals to simply adding water, there are plenty of ways to turn your fledgling 'home for nature' into a 'des-res'

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Why the state of nature matters - Martin Harper's blog - Our work ...

Why the state of nature matters - Martin Harper's blog - Our work ... | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
For the first time, all the UK wildlife organisations have joined forces to compile a health check of nature in the UK and its overseas territories. This evening Sir David Attenborough will help us launch a new State of Nature ...

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Pollination: A Love Story That Feeds The Earth

Pollination: A Love Story That Feeds The Earth | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it

 

POLLINATION: WATCH THESE BREATHTAKING SHORT CLIPS: A LOVE STORY THAT FEEDS THE EARTH

I've been sharing these beautiful vidoes on twitter for some time - since last year. They are absolutely stunning, and help to remind us about the wonder of creation and the marvel of pollination - a gift provided freely by nature, and one that feeds us. I thought it was high time I shared them a little further. Here they are: http://www.buzzaboutbees.net/pollination.html

 

(And Just Imagine if All this Pollen was from genetically modified plants and had been Sprayed with Pesticides and Insecticides. What would happen to the bees immune systems and to the honey?)

 

SEE:

IMPACT OF NEONICOTINOIDS ON BEES, OTHER WILDLIFE, ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN HEALTH  http://ow.ly/e5RYJ

 

700,000x LETHAL DOSE OF PESTICIDES FOUND IN BEES http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/973046639/700-000x-lethal-dose-of-pesticides-found-in-bees

 

WHY WE NEED INSECTS - EVEN PESKY ONES: PESTICIDE REDUCTION ESSENTIAL http://sco.lt/94UwhF

 

THE DISAPPEARING BEE: AGROCHEMICAL THREAT TO WILD BEES, FOOD SECURITY AND BIODIVERSITY  http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/2666624018/the-disappearing-bee-agrochemicals-threat-to-wild-bees-food-security-and-biodiversity

 

PESTICIDES, CHEMICALS NOW SO WIDESPREAD IN ENVIRONMENT DISRUPTING BRAIN FUNCTIONING IN BEES AND OTHER INSECTS http://sco.lt/7PcIeP

 

BEE-KILLING CHEMICAL LURKES INSIDE YOUR FOOD: AGROCHEMICAL THREAT TO WILD BEES, FOOD SECURITY AND BIODIVERSITY http://sco.lt/8mGvg1

 

NO BAN ON PESTICIDES THAT THREATEN BEES (AND YOU) http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/2640852274/no-ban-on-pesticides-that-threaten-bees

 

WILL SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY BENEFIT OR THREATEN WILD THINGS?  http://sco.lt/66LUbR

 

 

ALL ABOUT BEES, RELATED REOURCED AND EDUCATION FOR ALL

MORE ON PESTICIDES AND BEES http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides?q=BEES+PESTICIDES

 

 

 

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THE PLANT "BRAIN": COMMUNICATION AMONG PLANTS AND WITH OTHER SPECIES  http://sco.lt/7TWRPd

 

 

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IUCN - Surprise species at risk from climate change

IUCN - Surprise species at risk from climate change | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Most species at greatest risk from climate change are not currently conservation priorities, finds an IUCN study that introduces a pioneering method to assess the vulnerability of species to climate change.
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Species that haven't even been listed as threatened or endangered by IUCN are at a serious risk from climate change. 

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Spotted Pardalote | Nature.......

Spotted Pardalote. Posted Yesterday by Gian Luca · Nature....... Loading. Send feedback. Posted 3 days ago by Gian Luca. 0. Add a comment. Mosaic. Birdwatching Australia.
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Beautiful shots of birds including an appearance of the magnificent Spotted Pardalote

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Many birds under threat as conservationists hunt for answers

Many birds under threat as conservationists hunt for answers | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Australia has lost 27 bird species since European settlement, and another 20 are considered at ''imminent risk of extinction'', according to a global report on the health of the world's birdlife.

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It is sad to read of all the bird species that have gone extinct since European settlement, but this is only the beginning of the list. With growing populations and more demand for space, the habitats of our current bird species will risk becoming fragmented and our endangered species as well as current stable species risk extinction.

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Researchers Find Genetic Diversity Key to Survival of Honey Bee ...

When it comes to honey bees, more mates is better. A new study from North Carolina State University, the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that genetic diversity is key to survival in ...
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On guard: protecting wildlife in a heavily hunted Brazilian forest

On guard: protecting wildlife in a heavily hunted Brazilian forest | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
The Brazilian government offers tax relief to landowners who set aside areas for preservation.
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Human-Modified Habitats Shape Bird Mating Patterns - Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

Human-Modified Habitats Shape Bird Mating Patterns - Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Summary of this scientific article about research on the neighborhood nestwatch.
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How living in a city environment affects a bird's mating habits, inlcuding sexual selection, species evolution, and the number of mating pairs.

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Industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef denounced by World Heritage Committee

Industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef denounced by World Heritage Committee | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Australia’s governments are putting the Great Barrier Reef at risk by failing to implement the World Heritage Committee recommendations.
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It is time that our government recognises how serious the threat to our Great Barrier Reef is. It supports so much wildlife it is imperative that we protect it. 

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"Extinct" Vulture Spotted In Kruger Park

"Extinct" Vulture Spotted In Kruger Park | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
News 24 is reporting that an Egyptian Vulture, declared regionally extinct in South Africa in 2000, has been spotted in the Kruger National Park.
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UNESCO adds 19 sites to World Heritage List

UNESCO adds 19 sites to World Heritage List | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Nineteen new sites have been added to UNESCO's World Heritage list. (Wow, Lewa has been added into the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites . .
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Wedge-tailed eagles: 2012 - ABC Hobart - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Wedge-tailed eagles: 2012 - ABC Hobart - Australian Broadcasting Corporation | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Tasmania's majestic wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax fleayi) is a sub-species of wedge-tailed eagle of mainland Australia.
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David Attenborough - Humans are plague on Earth - Telegraph

David Attenborough - Humans are plague on Earth - Telegraph | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Humans are a plague on the Earth that need to be controlled by limiting population growth, according to Sir David Attenborough.

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Sir David Attenborough: Britain's wildlife is being decimated

Sir David Attenborough: Britain's wildlife is being decimated | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it

BRITAIN'S nature is "in trouble" with 60 per cent of all species in decline, TV naturalist Sir David Attenborough warned"


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I have worked in nature conservation since 1979.  It is bitterly disappointing to read such a catalogue of failure and local extinctions.


The State of Nature Report pulls no punches- we are getting the place into a real mess.


We still take nature for granted; we can not afford to.  This is much more than the aesthetics of special places filled with the wonder of nature.  It is about a healthy planet.


If the UK can not be bothered to make an effort to conserve the very systems that keep us healthy and alive how can we expect less wealthy countries to do better?

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The Earth will lose one third of animal species because of climate changes, scientists warn

The Earth will lose one third of animal species because of climate changes, scientists warn | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it

Global warming poses an existential threat to one third of animal species and to a half of plant species. The Earth may lose fifty thousand species even in this century unless the governments change quickly their attitude and begin fast to restrict greenhouse gas emissions.

 

This warning was introduced by scientists from Great Britain, Australia and Colombia in a report published in specialist magazine Nature Climate Change. Among the most endangered animal groups there belong reptiles and amphibians. The most threaten areas are then Australia, sub-Saharan Africa, Amazonia and central America.


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Conserving top predators results in less CO2 in the air

Conserving top predators results in less CO2 in the air | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
What does a wolf in Yellowstone National Park have in common with an ambush spider on a meadow in Connecticut? Both are predators and thus eat herbivores, such as elk (in the case of wolves) and grasshoppers (in the case of spiders).

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Birds 'show value of conservation'

Birds 'show value of conservation' | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
The plights of the world's threatened birds show the value of investing in conservation, according to an international report.

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Birds are often seen as an indicator species. You would probably not notice some insects disappearing, such as crickets or flies.. insects that are of low importance to you.. but not the ecosystem. But I would bet that you will notice a change when a well known bird species stops visiting your town... Conservation of all species is important, not just the ones your country is famous for, because who knows who relies on that "insignificant" species.

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Study of insect bacteria reveals genetic secrets of symbiosis

Study of insect bacteria reveals genetic secrets of symbiosis | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Microbiologists recently delved deeper into the genes involved in the "tripartite nested mealybug symbiosis." The researchers discovered the already complex three-way symbiosis actually depends on genes from six different organisms -- three more...

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