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Agriculture and climate change driving worldwide insect declines

Insects are critical for the functioning of life on earth. They support the provisioning of a wide variety of ecosystem services including pollination, pest control and decomposition. Therefore, the growing number of peer-reviewed studies publishing reports of steep insect declines should be of pressing concern.... click to read more

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Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 2, 2023
Diversity may save wines from climate change

Today's climate change is dramatically reshaping environments and threatening society, countless animal and plant species, and sustainable agriculture. Scientists foresee that global warming is going to bring unpleasant outcomes, such as reductions in crops' yield and quality. Today's farmers need a way to adapt to... click to read more

  • Ignacio Morales-Castilla | Distinguished Researcher Beatriz Galindo at Global Change Ecology and Evolution Group, Department of Life Sciences, Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, Spain
  • Elizabeth M. Wolkovich | Professor at Forest & Conservation Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
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Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 26, 2021
Why does biodiversity matter for agriculture?

Nature is a vital service provider for agriculture in many ways. Fruit trees and other pollinator-dependent crops are pollinated by wild insects like bumblebees, solitary bees, or flies. Other insects like predatory ladybugs or ground beetles eat pests that would otherwise damage or even destroy... click to read more

  • Matteo Dainese | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institute for Alpine Environment, Eurac Research, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
  • Emily A. Martin | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
  • Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter | Professor at Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
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Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 10, 2020
Rainfall is changing: when and where we need to be ready to adapt?

Climate change will affect rainfall patterns around the world. Because rainfall is such a variable quantity, and models still have a hard time providing reliable projections, few studies have to date ventured to evaluate if these future patterns will move the climate outside the range... click to read more

  • Maisa Rojas Corradi | Professor at Departamento de Geofísica, Centro del Clima y la Resiliencia, Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile
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Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 21, 2019
Reinventing a bacterial biopesticide: an old microbe with a fresh new look

In the 1980s it was discovered that some relatives of the bacterium Burkholderia cepacia (formerly Pseudomonas cepacia) were able to form close relationships with plant roots, and also make a range of antimicrobials capable of killing plant pathogens. Several US pesticide companies exploited this bacterium... click to read more

  • Alex J. Mullins | PhD student at Microbiomes, Microbes and Informatics Group, Organisms and Environment Division, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 24, 2019