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Category: Biodiversity



Communicating Biodiversity to Farmers
Two metrics for informing farmers about the biodiversity on their land are presented in a recent Swiss study: average species richness and farm ‘uniqueness’. These are both easy to understand and comparable between farms, the researchers say. ...
Farmland Biodiversity Monitoring Costs Estimated
Monitoring biodiversity on farms is vital for conservation policies but how much does it cost?...
Cropping System Diversity Balances Productivity, Profitability
One of the key challenges of the 21st century is developing ways of producing sufficient amounts of food while protecting both environmental quality and the economic well-being of rural communities....
A New Measure of Biodiversity
Phylogenetic analysis gives a much more complex and complete picture of the diversity of Australia's national plant. A new approach to measuring biodiversity has uncovered some biologically important but currently unprotected areas in Western Australia,...
Tracking Gene Activity When Honey Bees Do and Don't Eat Honey
Many beekeepers feed their honey bees sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup when times are lean inside the hive. This practice has come under scrutiny, however, in response to colony collapse disorder, the massive -- and as yet not fully explained -- annual...
Contributing Practices for On-Farm Management of Agrobiodiversity
The Convention on Biological Diversity ([CBD] 1992) breaks down conservation into ex situ and in situ conservation....



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