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Peru promises science spending : Nature News Blog

Peru promises science spending : Nature News Blog | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Peru’s Prime Minister Juan Jimenez last week launched a US$100 million programme to boost scientific research, technological development and innovation.  Read more
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From article: "Rodriguez suggests that researchers and investigators from all over the country should be allowed to compete for the funds, by proposing projects that would benefit the region where the resources come from. He says technology developed by these projects could potentially bring electricity to isolated communities in the Andes, find medicines in plants, develop proper water management for agriculture along the coast, and allow Peru to refine its own minerals instead of having to send them abroad."

 

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Disease burden links ecology to economic growth

A new study finds that vector-borne and parasitic diseases have substantial effects on economic development across the globe, and are major drivers of differences in income between tropical and temperate countries.
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How Many Species Are On Earth? | Visual.ly

How Many Species Are On Earth? | Visual.ly | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
This infographic communicates a prediction of the number of eukaryotic species on Earth in relation to the number of known species.
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Richters SeedZoo Rare Seeds

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SeedZoo Video: 
Introducing Plant Explorer 
Joseph Simcox

In this video plant explorer Joseph Simcox talks about food biodiversity and how, through the SeedZoo project, gardeners can grow some of the world’s threatened food plants in their gardens. By growing these plants, and sharing seeds with friends and family, Simcox believes gardeners can have a real impact on saving our food plant diversity.


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Marybeth Shea's curator insight, December 26, 2012 5:54 PM

Fabulous idea. Let your small plot be a move toward biodiversity conservation.

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Global pollinator declines

Global pollinator declines | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Mention anything about ecosystem services – those ecological functions arising from the interactions between species that provide some benefit (source of food/clean water, health, etc.) to hu...
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Implementation of AnGR plan of action initiated

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FAO has just announced that 13 projects, involving 30 countries, have been selected for funding as contributions to the implementation of 2007′s Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources.


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Plant and animal genetics can be thought of as an insurance hedge.

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How shrubs are reducing the positive contribution of peatlands to climate

How shrubs are reducing the positive contribution of peatlands to climate | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Peatlands (bogs, turf moors) are among the most important ecosystems worldwide for the storage of atmospheric carbon and thus for containing the climate warming process.
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Pics, shoots and leaves: Ecologists turn digital cameras into climate change tools

Pics, shoots and leaves: Ecologists turn digital cameras into climate change tools | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
As digital cameras become better and cheaper, ecologists are turning these ubiquitous consumer devices into scientific tools to study how forests are responding to climate change.
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Pat of citizen science efforts on biodiversity science, too.  

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The value of Natura 2000

The value of Natura 2000 | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Speaking of return on conservation actions, which we sort of were a couple of days back:
A new study has produced the first indicative estimate of the overall economic benefits provided by the Natura 2000 network.

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A model to make more of crop biodiversity

Devra I. Jarvis, Bioversity International principal scientist in Agrobiodiversity and Ecosystem Services, explains a heuristic framework to help farmers and researchers conserve and use traditional crop varieties.


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Bridging the gap between publishing research and applying it in the forest

Bridging the gap between publishing research and applying it in the forest | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

In 2008, David Boshier and colleagues from Bioversity International started creating free 'off the shelf' materials that would make forest genetic resources training relevant, attractive and accessible, both in language and availability to...


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Fuzhou jasmine tea industry to be candidate for global heritage status

Fuzhou jasmine tea industry to be candidate for global heritage status What's on Xiamen GIAHS status is based on various conditions including the importance of the provision of local food security, the levels of agro-biodiversity and associated...


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Sustainable way to make a prized fragrance ingredient

Sustainable way to make a prized fragrance ingredient | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Large amounts of a substitute for one of the world's most treasured fragrance ingredients -- a substance that also has potential anti-cancer activity -- could be produced with a sustainable new technology, scientists are reporting.
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Bacteria farms for ambergris?  A whale of an idea :).  Bacteria are a little-understood natural resource for many uses.

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Wallace's century-old map of natural world updated

Wallace's century-old map of natural world updated | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Until today, Alfred Russell Wallace's century old map from 1876 has been the backbone for our understanding of global biodiversity.
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Amazon deforestation brings loss of microbial communities

Amazon deforestation brings loss of microbial communities | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
An international team of microbiologists has found that a troubling net loss in diversity among the microbial organisms responsible for a functioning ecosystem is accompanying deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.
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Lest we forget, microbes support soil and primary plant production ecosystem services.

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How Many Species Are On Earth? | Visual.ly

How Many Species Are On Earth? | Visual.ly | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
This infographic communicates a prediction of the number of eukaryotic species on Earth in relation to the number of known species.
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29 Years of Beautiful, Inspiring and Important Images of Earth from Space | Wired Science | Wired.com

29 Years of Beautiful, Inspiring and Important Images of Earth from Space | Wired Science | Wired.com | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
The longest-operating Earth observing satellite is ending its mission after nearly 29 years, more than 150,000 orbits and 2.5 million images.
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Biodiversity important? The simple case of bees

Biodiversity important? The simple case of bees | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
If you can’t convince people that biodiversity is important, then you have to use the lowest common denominator. Even a 3-year old understands the importance of bees for pollination (see prev...
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Native and non-native pollinator contributions to agriculutre like total toward the trillions annually, in US dollars.

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Enriching the Earth -- Wendell Berry

Enriching the Earth -- Wendell Berry | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
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For the season of hope.

 

To enrich the earth I have sowed clover and grass
to grow and die. I have plowed in the seeds
of winter grains and various legumes,
their growth to be plowed in to enrich the earth.
I have stirred into the ground the offal
and the decay of the growth of past seasons
and so mended the earth and made its yield increase.
All this serves the dark. Against the shadow
of veiled possibility my workdays stand
in a most asking light. I am slowly falling
into the fund of things. And yet to serve the earth,
not knowing what I serve, gives a wideness
and a delight to the air, and my days
do not wholly pass. It is the mind's service,
for when the will fails so do the hands
and one lives at the expense of life.
After death, willing or not, the body serves,
entering the earth. And so what was heaviest
and most mute is at last raised up into song.

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Biologists design method to monitor global bee decline

Biologists design method to monitor global bee decline | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
A new study has found that a global network of bee traps may form an early warning system alerting scientists to dangers threatening the world's food system and economies.
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Death of hemlock trees yields new life for hardwood trees, but at what cost to the ecosystem?

Death of hemlock trees yields new life for hardwood trees, but at what cost to the ecosystem? | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Due to the introduction of exotic pests and pathogens, tree species are being eliminated one by one from forest ecosystems.
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International Seminar on Neglected and Underutilized Species

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Bioversity International is a co-organizer of the International Seminar Old and New Crops To Meet The Challenges Of The XXI Century where researchers, farmers’ representatives, policymakers and donors will discuss how neglected and underutilized...


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The limits of the productive capacity of ecosystems

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.@howplantswork: The limits of the productive capacity of ecosystems. http://t.co/XE7NSJAF


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2012’s Noteworthy Species | The Scientist Magazine®

2012’s Noteworthy Species | The Scientist Magazine® | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
A roundup of species that made their scientific debut in 2012, and a few that said goodbye as well
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Wellbeing helps conservation case

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The growing evidence linking green spaces to human wellbeing could help strengthen the case for conservation, a leading academic argues.

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Healing us; this is perhaps the most compelling reason for biodiversity and habitat conservation, that of nature's therapy for us, or balm for our ills.

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