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Springer -20 hours ago

Assessing the influence of harvesting intensities on structural diversity of forests in south-west Germany

Abstract Background To increase ecosystem resilience and biodiversity, the maintenance and improvement of structural and compositional diversity of forests has become an important goal in forest management for many forest owners and jurisdictions. At the same time, future harvesting intensity (HI) may increase to meet the demand for ...

Mongabay -2 days ago

‘A green desert’: Mammals take a hit in Colombia’s oil palm plantations

As oil palm plantations expand across the world, razing swaths of tropical rainforests in their path, fears about their impact on the environment have also grown. In the plantations of Colombia, a new study has found yet another way they are altering global biodiversity: by impacting the diversity of mammals. “Some species do very well” […]...

USFS -2 days ago

Simulating groundcover community assembly in a frequently burned ecosystem using a simple neutral model

Fire is a keystone process that drives patterns of biodiversity globally. In frequently burned fire-dependent ecosystems, surface fire regimes allow for the coexistence of high plant diversity at fine scales even where soils are uniform. The mechanisms on how fire impacts groundcover community dynamics are, however, poorly understood. Because fire can act as a stochastic agent of mortality, we hyp...

CBD -2 days ago

Study: We need more realistic experiments on the impact of climate change on ecosystems

When it comes to the impact of climate change on ecosystems, we still have large knowledge gaps. Most experiments are unrealistic because they do not correspond to projected climate scenarios for a specific region. As a result, we lack reliable data on what ecosystems might look like in the future, as a team of biodiversity researchers from Central Germany show in the journal "Global Change Biolog...

CBD -2 days ago

About the age of extinction - a Guardian series

This project focuses on biodiversity: the variety of all life on our planet. It highlights the crisis represented by huge losses of animal, insect, bird and plant life around the world, as well as innovations to tackle these losses....

CBD -2 days ago

'A green desert': Mammals take a hit in Colombia's oil palm plantations

As oil palm plantations expand across the world, razing swaths of tropical rainforests in their path, fears about their impact on the environment have also grown. In the plantations of Colombia, a new study has found yet another way they are altering global biodiversity: by impacting the diversity of mammals....

CBD -2 days ago

China holds Man and the Biosphere Youth Forum on biodiversity

CHANGCHUN, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- UNESCO's 2019 Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Youth Forum kicked off on Sunday in the Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve, northeast China. About 270 young people from 90 countries participated in the forum themed "Committed to Biodiversity"....

USFS -4 days ago

Tracing the footprints of a moving hybrid zone under a demographic history of speciation with gene flow

A lack of optimal gene combinations, as well as low levels of genetic diversity, is often associated with the formation of species range margins. Conservation efforts rely on predictive modelling using abiotic variables and assessments of genetic diversity to determine target species and populations for controlled breeding, germplasm conservation and assisted migration. Biotic factors such as inte...

Mongabay -5 days ago

Expand or Intensify? Balancing biodiversity and rising food needs: study

New research finds that, for a given rise in global food production, the negative impact on biodiversity of cropland expansion is many times greater than of cropland intensification....

Elsevier -5 days ago

Impacts of gum-resin harvest and Lantana camara invasion on the population structure and dynamics of Boswellia serrata in the Western Ghats, India

Publication date: 1 December 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 453Author(s): Kori Veeranna Soumya, Charlie M. Shackleton, Siddappa R. SettyAbstractAssessing the effects of harvesting on the population dynamics of important non-timber forest products (NTFPs) species is important for informing species conservation options, guiding sustainable harvesting practices and offtake and supp...

CBD -5 days ago

Fight against climate change: 200 nations pledge to focus on land-based solutions

NEW DELHI: Ministers and representatives from nearly 200 countries have pledged to focus on land-based solutions that will contribute to preventing catastrophic climate change and the conservation of biodiversity. The pledge, the New Delhi Declaration, hammered out over the two-day long high level segment of the 14th general assembly of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, has ...

CBD -5 days ago

Earth's Stunning Biodiversity is a Puzzle Worth Exploring

Life on Earth is amazingly diverse, and exhibits striking geographical global patterns in biodiversity. A pair of companion papers published September 13th in Science reveal that mountain regions-especially those in the tropics-are hotspots of extraordinary and baffling richness. Although mountain regions cover only 25% of Earth's land area, they are home to more than 85% of the world's species of...