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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
Views 534
Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 10, 2020
How to survive a viral apocalypse: a rabbit’s tale

In 1859, an English settler named Thomas Austin decided to import 24 rabbits from England to Australia so he could hunt on his property. He could have not been more successful, and by 1910, hundreds of millions of rabbits covered the entire continent. Thomas' success,... click to read more

  • Joel M. Alves | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Views 934
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 27, 2019
Ancient origins of monogamy: do you tolerate your partner because of your genes?

Considering the wonderful diversity of animal form, function, and behavior, it may come as a surprise that some traits have been repeatedly and independently selected throughout evolution. Monogamy - when male and female reproductive partners form a pair bond and share at least some of... click to read more

  • Rebecca Young | Research Associate at Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Views 1106
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 14, 2019
Staying ahead of the wave: predicting fishing efforts in a changing world to save biodiversity

An ecosystem is a community of all living organisms in a certain area, including human beings. In the marine ecosystem, for instance, every organism living in the ocean (fish, animal, plant, etc.) has its own role within the community. This balance can be ruined by... click to read more

Views 1855
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 25, 2019
Oil palms and primates can hardly co-exist in Africa

Future trajectories of global population growth, and the associated demand for vegetable-based oils for biofuels and human consumption make it evident that the expansion of oil palm cultivation will hardly slow down in the next 50 years. It is forecasted that a substantial portion of... click to read more

  • Giovanni Strona | Researcher at European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D - Sustainable Resources, Ispra, Italy
  • Zoltan Szantoi | Researcher at European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D - Sustainable Resources, Ispra, Italy; Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Stellenbosch University, Matieland 7602, South Africa
  • Ghislain Vieilledent | Researcher at Forêts et Sociétés, Université Montpellier, CIRAD, Montpellier, France
Views 2200
Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 19, 2018