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Bioengineering, stakeholder participation and ecosystem services valuation protect salt marshes in the lagoon of Venice

Foundation for Sustainable Development
In the past 100 years 72% of the salt marshes of the lagoon of Venice was lost due to erosion. The EU LIFE VIMINE project successfully reduced erosion by creating biodegradable barriers of wooden fascines. Long-term protection is secured by involving local communities in protection works and ecotourism. Local society now realises that the benefits of salt marsh protection outweigh its costs.

Great Barrier Reef building coral under threat

Griffith University
If the world continues with 'business as usual' CO2 emissions important reef building corals will suffer significantly by 2050 and die off by 2100. Increased CO2 makes some algae produce more potent chemicals that suppress or kill corals more rapidly. One of the seaweeds studied that causes the most damage is a common brown alga species found in reefs worldwide.

Unique ecosystem in East Africa could collapse. Fencing threatens the Greater Mara

Aarhus University
The Greater Mara is a 668,500 hectare natural area in south-western Kenya which is home to a unique variety of wildlife. But it is also home to the famous Masai tribe. New research shows that the area is gravely threatened by man-made changes, and that fences are being erected in unprecedented numbers and at great speed.

Two felid cousins responded in the past very differently to climate change

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
Southeast Asia is home to numerous felids, including the Asian golden cat and the bay cat. The two cat species are closely related sister species which split from each other 3.16 million years ago. Yet, their more recent history was quite different.

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Strong singers attract females and keep males at a distance

Wageningen University
Birdsong is commonly assumed to have a dual function: attracting mates and repelling rivals; yet, these contrasting responses often remain untested in the field. Using a novel tracking system, researchers of Wageningen University & Research now show that both male and female great tits indeed change their behaviour when they hear their male neighbour sing.

60% of primate species now threatened with extinction

The Conversation
Primates are remarkable. We’re all familiar with chimpanzees, monkeys, and ring-tailed lemurs, but have you heard of tarsiers, with their big eyes? Or Cleese’s woolly lemur, named after John Cleese? Or the fabulous red-shanked douc? What about the scary-looking red-headed bald uakari. Or did you know that primates can be as small as mice?

To boldly go: bolder mink are more likely to survive after reintroduction

Stockholm University
Mortality after reintroduction is a problem in conservation. Released animals may fail to find sufficient resources or experience high levels of predation. It is thus important to know which factors can predict survival. Researchers from Stockholm University and their associates therefore studied if reintroduction survival of the critically endangered European mink was linked to their personality.

Lost birdsong of Britain revealed

A new study reveals that yellowhammer dialects, that previously existed in the UK, can still be heard in birdsong overseas, shedding new light on the cultural evolution of birdsong. A citizen science project enabled scientists to make comparisons between yellowhammer dialects in the UK and New Zealand, where over 600 birds were introduced in the 19th century.

Killer whales: Reproduce or die?

Why do some females not just reproduce until they die? As in humans, killer whale females go through a menopause and stop reproducing at a certain age. A new study by the Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour (CRAB) reveals that there is a good explanation for this phenomenon. Older mothers appear to suffer disproportionate costs when they reproduce at the same time as their daughters.


Sniffing out your dinner in the dark: how miniature predators get their favourite soil bacteria

Tiny predators in the soil can literally sniff out their prey: soil bacteria, which communicate with each other using scent. A team of researchers from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) has discovered that these predators, called protists, 'eavesdrop' on the bacteria's communication. It's a discovery that opens up perspectives for agriculture.


Drought in Kenya has large impact on wildlife, livestock and people

African Wildlife Foundation


Safeguarding the space wildlife needs in Africa

African Wildlife Foundation


Numbers of monarch butterflies doubled since last year

Journey North


Dermal parasites on coral reef fish on Bonaire

Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA)