The Biodiversity Informatics Landscape: Elements, Connections and Opportunities. Article metadata Introduction Methodology Results Discussion Next steps Annex 1.
Element expanded names Annex 2. State of the World's Plants. Spring Flowers - Biodiversity Ireland. Putting Tropical Important Plant Areas on the map. Plants under threat Wild plants across the world are facing increasing threats and there is an urgency to identify the most important areas for plant diversity in order to help focus our conservation work and to prioritise the use of finite resources.
In partnership with Plantlife International, Kew launched the Tropical Important Plant Areas (TIPAs) programme in 2015. Identifying sites that are the most important for plants is a key strategic output in Kew’s Science Strategy 2015–2020. Why we shouldn’t take seeds for granted - AoBBlog. By Roberta LC Dayrell & Fernando AO Silveira There is deep symbolism behind something tiny and apparently inert transforming itself into something allegedly much greater and lively.
Beyond their natural role in plant reproduction, every seed carries a promise of fertility and rebirth to us humans. Indeed, this promise is constantly renewed as we have relied on seeds to obtain regular and predictable food supply throughout the course of our history, and especially succeeded with advances in technology. From the seeds’ point of view, however, the connection to humans is just one chapter of their history that dates back 370 million years. The vast majority of plant species have never been domesticated by humanity, so they have characteristics shaped by natural selection rather than by human-made productivity. Many plants adapted to extremely nutrient poor soils, for instance, invest little in reproduction through seeds. Dayrell, R., Arruda, A., Buisson, E., & Silveira, F. (2016). UK's rarest plants are at risk of extinction, charity warns.
Walking and talking the tree of life: Why and how to teach about biodiversity. Abstract Taxonomic details of diversity are an essential scaffolding for biology education, yet outdated methods for teaching the tree of life (TOL), as implied by textbook content and usage, are still commonly employed.
Here, we show that the traditional approach only vaguely represents evolutionary relationships, fails to denote major events in the history of life, and relies heavily on memorizing near-meaningless taxonomic ranks. Conversely, a clade-based strategy—focused on common ancestry, monophyletic groups, and derived functional traits—is explicitly based on Darwin’s “descent with modification,” provides students with a rational system for organizing the details of biodiversity, and readily lends itself to active learning techniques. Strategies and guidelines for scholarly publishing of biodiversity data. The important challenge of quantifying tropical diversity.
The far-reaching impacts that our human species is having on the Earth’s ecosystems have led scientists to call the present era the Anthropocene.
There can be no doubt that the world’s biodiversity is under unprecedented threat. Species extinctions make headline news, while natural communities are being reorganized at a rate that far exceeds historical baselines . Yet, despite growing concern about the fate of the biosphere, substantial knowledge gaps with respect to the distribution and status of species remain. Infographic: Kew Gardens has mapped the global threats to flora.
Click the image above to explore the graphic above in more detail One-fifth of all Earth's plant species are at risk of extinction - and we're to blame.
In Southeast Asia, rainforests are being replaced by palm oil plantations. In Madagascar, the £64 billion tropical global timber industry is decimating native plant populations. Facts About the Global Seed Vault. Sometimes called the "doomsday vault," the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is seen as humanity's last hope against extinction after a world crisis.
Though its mission is to keep the world's seeds safe, its creation wasn't meant as a way to reseed the world after a world-scale catastrophe. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was the brainchild of Cary Fowler, a scientist, conservationist and biodiversity advocate. Assessing Ecological Value of Landscapes Beyond Protected Areas (LEFT) LEFT presents a simple yet effective method for mapping ecological important landscapes beyond protected areas.
The method uses existing globally available web-based databases and models to provide an ecological score based on five key ecological features (biodiversity, fragmentation, threat, connectivity, and resilience) for every 300m pixel within any given region in the world. Biological Field Stations as Repositories of Biodiversity Data. 30 April 2015 3:00-4:00 p.m.
EDT Virtual meeting place: Biological Field Stations as Repositories of Biodiversity Data Presenter: Hilary Swain, Executive Director, Archbold Biological Station SCNet wibsite announcement: Field stations throughout N. UF/IFAS Assessment - University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. How Mining Impacted the Midwestern Grasslands. The New York Times Magazine recently ran an eye-popping photo feature on copper mines.
Plants are our lifeline – but we’re letting them die. There seem to have been no national ceremonies to mark the end of botany. 2014 HDS Report_FINAL. Twenty-two new plants being found every year in Eastern Himalayas. All-Ireland Pollinator Plan - Biodiversity Ireland. All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 is released 17th September 2015 – Ireland joins a small number of countries in Europe who have developed a strategy to address pollinator decline and protect pollination service Sixty-eight governmental and non-governmental organisations have agreed a shared Plan that identifies 81 actions to make Ireland pollinator friendly.
The Natural Histories Project. Natural History Network. The Natural History Initiative. Natural history, the focused attention to the non-human world, is in decline. In research, in education, and in society, people are spending less time in contact with natural systems and managers often lack access to critical natural history information. Regional Conservation. Release: Community Concern About Continuing Loss of Pine Rocklands in the Richmond Tract Formerly Home to More Than 350 Native Plant Species FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2015. Our Vanishing Flowers. Photo. Global exchange and accumulation of non-native plants : Nature.