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Micro-organisms will help African farmers

Sorghum is the fifth most important cereal in the world. In sub-Saharan Africa, many farmers rely on this grain for food and feed. But Striga, a parasitic weed, can have a devastating impact on crop yield. With an 8-million-dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, an international team will now explore the potential of soil microbes to offer crop protection.

WWF expresses concern about the ability of short-term agreements to successfully limit tuna fishing in eastern Pacific

World Wide Fund for Nature
After three meetings of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), member countries have reached consensus on a conservation measure for tropical tunas in the eastern Pacific. The agreement only covers this year and comes with real questions about whether it will be successful in limiting pressure on several populations of tuna that scientists warn are being fished unsustainably.

A wolf’s stowaways

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
Since the year 2000, the Eurasian wolf has spread across Germany. For Ines Lesniak, doctoral student at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, and her colleagues a good reason to have a closer look at the small 'occupants' of this returnee and to ask the question whether the number and species of parasites change with an increasing wolf population.

Wind turbine blades could decimate North America’s most widespread bat species

Bat Conservation International
Thousands of spinning wind turbine blades may be threatening the survival of one of North America’s most widespread migratory bats. While scientists and the wind industry have known for more than a decade that wind turbines kill bats, the research is the first of its kind to reveal how those fatalities may directly cause dire impacts on a whole population.

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Ball-rolling bees reveal complex learning

Queen Mary University of London
Bumblebees can be trained to score goals using a mini-ball, revealing unprecedented learning abilities, according to scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Where Africa's wildlife stands after 2016

African Wildlife Foundation
How is Africa’s wildlife faring? Last year there were a number of significant actions taken on behalf of, and new data released about, many of Africa’s iconic species. What follows is a brief summary of these developments.


Volunteers will count endangered species in Sint Eustatius

Stichting ANEMOON
The underwater nature of the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius is particularly rich . Since 1996, the nature around Sint Eustatius is protected in a Marine Park, managed by STENAPA. However, marine live is under pressure by human activities. The ANEMOON Foundation is starting a project to make an inventory of the underwater nature with citizen scientists.

Sophisticated optical secrets revealed in glossy buttercup flowers

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Buttercup flowers are known for their intense, shiny yellow colour. For over a century, biologists have sought to understand why the buttercup stands out. University of Groningen scientists have now brought together all that was known about the buttercup.

Why nature restoration takes time: fungi grow 'relationships'

‘Relationships’ in the soil become stronger during the process of nature restoration. Although all major groups of soil life are already present in former agricultural soils, they are not really ‘connected’ at first. These connections need time to (literally) grow, and fungi are the star performers here.

Intensive agriculture and wildfires threaten over a quarter of Europe’s grasshoppers and crickets

Over a quarter of European grasshopper, cricket and bush cricket species are being driven to extinction by unsustainable agricultural practices and the growing frequency of wildfires in Europe, a new IUCN report states.


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)