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Bioversity International: MAPFORGEN: An online atlas for the conservation of forest genetic resources (full article)

Bioversity International: MAPFORGEN: An online atlas for the conservation of forest genetic resources (full article) | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

The MAPFORGEN project will evaluate the conservation status of 100 socio-economically important woody species from different eco-regions of Latin America and the Caribbean.


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Ecosystem Services: Conservation’s Babel Fish

Ecosystem Services: Conservation’s Babel Fish | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
The Babel fish is one of the more inspired forms of fictional biodiversity. It features in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (sadly no relative), and allows his antihero, the ap...

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Dendroecology, an ally of the conservation for biodiversity

Dendroecology, an ally of the conservation for biodiversity | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Researchers suggest the use of dendroecology, the dating of past events through study of tree ring growth, to enhance the management and conservation of the Pinus Nigra within the center of the Iberian Peninsula.
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Nature’s chemical toolkit

Nature’s chemical toolkit | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

Three talks on our research on the discovery of chemicals that are important for the survival of plants and microbes, which may also be useful for and human health and wellbeing.


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Maple syrup, moose, and the impacts of climate change in the north

Maple syrup, moose, and the impacts of climate change in the north | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
In the northern hardwood forest, climate change is poised to reduce the viability of the maple syrup industry, spread wildlife diseases and tree pests, and change timber resources.
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Bad air means bad news for seniors' brainpower

Bad air means bad news for seniors' brainpower | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Living in areas of high air pollution can lead to decreased cognitive function in older adults, according to new research.

 

Dementia as an externality?  Many costs embedded in that possibility.

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Only healthy groundwater ecosystems provide clean groundwater

Only healthy groundwater ecosystems provide clean groundwater | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Two thirds of drinking water in Germany is obtained from groundwater.
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America’s carbon compromise (editorial) at Nature

America’s carbon compromise (editorial) at Nature | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
As looming tax increases and budget cuts threaten to plunge the US economy back into recession, Congress should take a hard look at introducing a carbon tax as an important part of the solution.
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Tapping into carbon dioxide storage potential of mine waste

Tapping into carbon dioxide storage potential of mine waste | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Economic value should be placed on the CO2 storage potential of mine waste, experts say.
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Climate change increases stress, need for restoration on grazed public lands

Climate change increases stress, need for restoration on grazed public lands | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Eight researchers in a new report say that climate change is causing additional stress to many western rangelands, and as a result land managers should consider a significant reduction, or in some places elimination of livestock and other large...
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Plants' Carbon-Sinking Capacity Is Much Lower Than Thought: Scientific American

Plants' Carbon-Sinking Capacity Is Much Lower Than Thought: Scientific American | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
A new long-term field study shows that plants grow less under elevated carbon conditions owing to limitations in soil nutrients--bad news as atmospheric CO 2 increases...
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Brazil Plans to Clone Its Endangered Species | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

Brazil Plans to Clone Its Endangered Species | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
If scientists in Brazil have their way, the populations of eight endangered species could soon expand through a mass effort to clone them. The project is ...
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Nature comment: Plant perennials to save Africa's soils

Nature comment: Plant perennials to save Africa's soils | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

Integrating perennials with food crops could restore soil health and increase staple yields. Examples include nitrogen-fixing trees, co-cropping with legumes and other strategies. 

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v489/n7416/full/489359a.html

 

"Sub-Saharan Africa's population is expected to reach 1.5–2 billion by 2050. Already the population is ballooning; in many areas, the risk of drought and flood is increasing; most soils are poor; and richer nations are buying up Africa's arable land for their own food or fuel security. African farmers have demonstrated the promise of perenniation. It is time to scale up its use and put it firmly on the research-and-development map."


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Trends in Ecology and Evolution - Ecological intensification: harnessing ecosystem services for food security

RT @plantbiology: Trends in Ecology and Evolution 'Ecological intensification: harnessing ecosystem services for food security' http://t.co/q60UgZzg...

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Can scientists agree on what constitutes ecosystem services and resilience?

Can scientists agree on what constitutes ecosystem services and resilience? | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Ecosystem services and resilience is a cross cutting theme within the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems, in which Bioversity International is a partner.

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From 'fertilizer to fork': Industrial food accounts for a quarter of the world's greenhouse gas emissions

From 'fertilizer to fork': Industrial food accounts for a quarter of the world's greenhouse gas emissions | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

Growing, transporting, refrigerating, and wasting food accounts for somewhere between 19-29 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions in 2008, according to a new analysis by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food... http://news.mongabay.com/2012/1101-hance-agriculture-greenhouse-gases.html


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Drained wetlands give off same amount of greenhouse gases as industry

Drained wetlands give off same amount of greenhouse gases as industry | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Drained wetlands in Sweden account for the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as Swedish industry.
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Air pollution linked to cognitive decline in women

A large, prospective study indicates that chronic exposure to particulate air pollution may accelerate cognitive decline in older adults.

 

Interesting to try to apply social costs to this loss of cognitive ability....

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Clocks are ticking and climate is changing: Increasing plant productivity in a changing climate

Clocks are ticking and climate is changing: Increasing plant productivity in a changing climate | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Scientists are looking to cellular biological clocks as a target for genetic modification for increasing plant productivity.
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How does groundwater pumping affect streamflow?

Groundwater provides drinking water for millions of Americans and is the primary source of water to irrigate cropland in many of the nations most productive agricultural settings.
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New way to manage conservation

A best practice framework employed by thousands of successful businesses worldwide has been adapted by two academics in the UK to help conservation managers improve their consideration, analysis and management of the programs for which they are...
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In financial ecosystems, big banks trample economic habitats and spread fiscal disease

In financial ecosystems, big banks trample economic habitats and spread fiscal disease | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Researchers have applied methods inspired by ecosystem stability and contagion models to banking meltdowns and found that large national and international banks wield an influence and potentially destructive power that far exceeds their actual size.
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Pacific fishing zones: Lifeline for overfished tuna?

Pacific fishing zones: Lifeline for overfished tuna? | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Marine zoning in the Pacific Ocean, in combination with other measures, could significantly improve numbers of heavily overfished bigeye tuna and improve local economies, a fish modelling study has found.
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Mangroves Under Threat from Shrimp Farms: Scientific American

Mangroves Under Threat from Shrimp Farms: Scientific American | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Valuable mangrove forests that protect coastlines, sustain sealife and help slow climate change are being wrecked by the spread of shrimp and fish farms, a U.N.-backed study showed on Wednesday.
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Diversity keeps grasslands resilient to drought, climate change

Diversity keeps grasslands resilient to drought, climate change | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

For much of the year drought has been plaguing American grasslands. But a recent study found that grasses do not appear to be losing the turf war against climate when it comes to surviving with little precipitation.


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