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Genetic resources can be seen as a kind of library-insurance resource.
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When it comes to climate change, deforestation and toxic waste, the assumption has been that conservative views on these topics are intractable.
The destruction of tropical peatland forests is causing them to haemorrhage carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, scientists say.The destruction of tropical peatland forests is causing them to haemorrhage carbon dioxide into the atmosphere,...
The Creative Commons (CC) licenses are a suite of copyright-based licenses defining terms for the distribution and re-use of creative works ... Although many people identify “non-commercial” with “non-profit”, detailed analysis reveals that significant differences exist and that the license may impose some unexpected re-use limitations on works thus licensed. After providing background information on the concepts of Creative Commons licenses in general, this contribution focuses on the NC condition,
Countering arguments that taxonomy is in decline, researchers say all of the world's species could potentially be identified.
This animated film tells the reality of soil resources around the world, covering the issues of degradation, urbanization, land grabbing and overexploitation; the…
Soil performs many valuable services for humanity, basically, for free.
Suelo, literal la "base de todo"...
Bob Paine fathered an idea — and an academic family — that changed ecology.
The salinisation of rivers is a global problem that affects to countries all over the world and it causes a high environmental and economic cost, and poses a high risk to global health.
Following the 2006 ban on sturgeon fishing, the Romanian town of Sfantu Gheorghe, located at the mouth of the Danube river, turned to other income source to replace its fishing based economy.
Bioversity International is furthering its long tradition in capacity strengthening, through a new collaboration with an International Masters Course in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems (TROPIMUNDO). Our involvement will include supervising...
The Amazon rainforest, energy grids, and cells in the human body share a troublesome property: They possess multiple stable states.
DNA in insects' guts reveals inventory of rare mammals.
RT @climatesociety: #Sahel #Farmers: “Valuable climate pattern indicators lost b/c of habitat loss/biodiversity decline” http://t.co/Q1n9R6V6 via @cgiarclimate
Scientists have shown how to synthesize in the laboratory an important set of natural compounds known as terpenes.
Important in applications for plant-based molecules, with significance for use values of plants, as well as option values.
Wetlands have often been at odds with agricultural land uses and their very existence threatened by pressure from cropland expansion or chemical runoff. However, one of the goals in taking a landscape approach is managing these conflicts within a landscape. Today’s blog post highlights ongoing research to realize synergies between agricultural land uses and wetlands.
Synergies and ecosystem services: wetlands provide us services, largely for free.
I missed that Saturday 2 Feb was 'World Wetlands Day1 - but at least I was out and collecting Callitriche from a wetland!
Syngenta Opens Doors To Its Patented Technologies, For Easier But Not Free ... Intellectual Property Watch Seed exchange has also been praised by some as a key factor of agrobiodiversity conservation.
Jeremy Cherfas of Bioversity International reviews the recently published article “Ecosystem services research in Latin America: The state of the… (How much is that ecosystem in the window? Time to move beyond pricing #ecosystemservices.
This week the Intergovernmental Platform on Bioversity and Ecosystem Services — IPBES to its friends — has been enjoying its first plenary meeting in Bonn, of all places. You can read the dailies here, but you won’t learn much.
Leading spiritual teacher warns that if people cannot save themselves from their own suffering, how can they be expected to worry about the plight of Mother Earth
"We’ve heard of the imminent peak oil, peak water, and in some circles even peak soil. Now researchers at the Rockefeller University in New York say that we may have reached peak farmland. This is not to say that the planet no longer has arable land to spare, but rather that agricultural production has reached a point at which no new land is needed to grow adequate food. Arecent study by Ausubel, Wernick, and Waggoner cites increased yield per hectare in countries like India and China as reining in agricultural land expansion."
Chinese scientists have decoded the first genome of diamondback moth, providing new clues for sustainable pest management.
Madrid and New York-based company Vizzuality has received a €300k grant ($392k) to develop data visualization mapping related to biodiversity. The money comes from a new European ...
Nature Chemistry 4, 90–98 (2012) Published online 24 January 2012
Nicely written piece, with line in the abstract:
The measure may also capture the abstract notion of aesthetics in medicinal chemistry.
Can help by adding molecular specifity to the options values of medicinal plants.
Land use has huge implications for what ecosystem services are performed by parcels.
Scientists have achieved a feat in synthetic chemistry by inventing a scalable method to make complex natural compounds known as "polyhydroxylated steroids." These compounds, used in heart-failure medications and other drugs, have been notoriously...
Advance with implications for both use-value and option-value of plants.