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Stirling research evaluates effectiveness of conservation efforts

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Stirling research evaluates effectiveness of conservation efforts

New research from the University of Stirling into the effectiveness of international conservation projects could help to save endangered species from extinction.

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Saving your data together helps bird research

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Saving your data together helps bird research

Researchers publish the first scientific paper from the SPI-Birds network, a large‐scale initiative connecting data on wild populations of birds.

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New knowledge on how climate affects pendulous lichens in northern forests

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New knowledge on how climate affects pendulous lichens in northern forests

Research from Umeå University explains how traits in pale lichens allow them to thrive in wet climates.

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Mountain gorillas are good neighbours – up to a point

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Mountain gorillas are good neighbours – up to a point

Mountain gorilla groups are friendly to familiar neighbours – provided they stay out of "core" parts of their territory – new research shows.

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Bumblebee queens migrate for hundreds of kilometres

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Bumblebee queens migrate for hundreds of kilometres

New research shows that bumblebee queens don’t always remain in the same place, but cover distances up to hundreds of kilometres.

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Vanilla cultivation under trees promotes pest regulation

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Vanilla cultivation under trees promotes pest regulation

Researchers have used dummy prey to investigate the activity of natural pest predators in Madagascan vanilla plantations, finding this pest control to be advantageous for agricultural cultivation.

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A new lens on an old problem: changing data resolution provides new insights for alien species management

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A new lens on an old problem: changing data resolution provides new insights for alien species management

In a new study, researchers from SANParks and the Centre for Invasion Biology demonstrate how changing the resolution of data used in alien species management can revolutionize how we manage them.

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Early-arriving endangered Chinook salmon take the brunt of sea lion predation on the Columbia

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Early-arriving endangered Chinook salmon take the brunt of sea lion predation on the Columbia

A University of Washington and NOAA Fisheries study has found that recovering sea lion populations have the largest negative effect on early-arriving endangered Chinook salmon in the lower Columbia River.

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How top predators and fisheries can survive on the same prey

How top predators and fisheries can survive on the same prey

New research determines the amount of prey required for marine top predators to thrive, improving fisheries management.

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Crayfish ‘trapping’ fails to control invasive species

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Crayfish ‘trapping’ fails to control invasive species

Despite being championed by a host of celebrity chefs, crayfish ‘trapping’ is not helping to control invasive American signal crayfish, according to new research by UCL and King’s College London.

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Researchers predict refuges from the disease myrtle rust

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Researchers predict refuges from the disease myrtle rust

Geographical refuges could protect New Zealand’s iconic native myrtle plants from myrtle rust disease, according to research published in Journal of Applied Ecology.

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Pollinator monitoring more than pays for itself

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Pollinator monitoring more than pays for itself

Monitoring schemes to count bees and other pollinating insects provide excellent value for money, and could help save species and protect UK food security, researchers have found.

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Caught on tape: UF wildlife researchers repurpose listening device to track poaching

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Caught on tape: UF wildlife researchers repurpose listening device to track poaching

Acoustic monitoring technologies can detect far more hunting in protected forests than cameras are able to, according to research by the University of Florida.

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Provide shady spots to protect butterflies from climate change, say scientists

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Provide shady spots to protect butterflies from climate change, say scientists

Butterfly species that mostly rely on finding shade to keep cool are at a greater risk of population decline due to climate change and habitat loss.

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