$10M in Prize Money for Mapping Rainforest Biodiversity

Efforts to catalog the fast-declining biodiversity of tropical rainforests just got a $10 million boost via a new competition from XPRIZE, an organization that has more than a dozen competitions on topics ranging from spaceflight to oil cleanup over the past 25 years. Last week, XPRIZE formally unveiled the $10 million Rainforest XPRIZE to catalyze development of “technology capable of identifying […]

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Feral horses gallop to the rescue of butterflies in distress

By Nanticha Ocharoenchai In the Czech Republic, horses have become the knights in shining armor. A study published in the Journal for Nature Conservation suggests that returning feral horses to grasslands in Podyjí National Park could help boost the numbers of several threatened butterfly species. In 2017, wildlife organizations laid out their plan to introduce Exmoor ponies (Equus ferus caballus) to […]

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Biodiversity boosts crop pollinators and pest controllers, study finds

  A new study looks at the reliance on biodiversity of ecosystem services provided by pollinating and pest-controlling insects. Up to half of the detrimental impacts of the “landscape simplification” that monocropping entails come as a result of a diminished mix of ecosystem service-providing insects. The scientists found that the reduction in ecosystem services provided […]

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Why is Earth so biologically diverse? Mountains hold the answer

What determines global patterns of biodiversity has been a puzzle for scientists since the days of von Humboldt, Darwin, and Wallace. Yet, despite two centuries of research, this question remains unanswered. The global pattern of mountain biodiversity, and the extraordinarily high richness in tropical mountains in particular, is documented in two companion Science review papers […]

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