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Egyptian goose, invasive

A new study stresses the urgent need to include more species on the EU’s 'List of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern'. The EU leads the world in legislation to protect the economy and the environment from the threat of..


Continue reading 10 October 2017   4 jaar oud
Giraffes

As with humans, most animals prefer to associate with some individuals and not with others. The social structure can influence how a population responds to changes in its environment. Examining social networks is a promising..


Continue reading 28 June 2017   4 jaar oud
Experiment with exotic plants

When it comes to their role in aquatic ecosystems, exotic water plants are generally no different than indigenous species. In fact, they can be an asset, argues Bart Grutters of NIOO-KNAW in his PhD thesis. That doesn't mean all..


Continue reading 21 April 2017   4 jaar oud
Emberiza citrinella. Geelgors

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..


Continue reading 22 January 2017   4 jaar oud
A teak plantation in the Kumawu Forest District of the Forest Services Division of the Forestry Commission of Ghana. The plantation lacks forest structure and composition, and hence, the capacity to provide the full bundle of ecosystem services or non-timber forest products for forest fringe communities. The lack of understory does not provide the necessary protection and habitat for wildlife animals (quadrupeds in particular).

The biodiversity-rich rainforest in Africa is being converted to monoculture plantations of fast-growing exotic species. In Ghana, 95% of the 16 million seedlings supplied for planting countrywide in 2011 were exotic trees. These..


Continue reading 30 December 2015   5 jaar oud
Invasive goats

Recent studies have recorded 211 alien invasive species in the Dutch Caribbean, ranging from lionfish to boa constrictors, iguanas, plants and bugs. These include 27 introduced marine species, 65 introduced terrestrial plants, 72..


Continue reading 02 October 2015   6 jaar oud

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