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Image: Lakes and forests are prime locations for biodiversity researchers to collect environmental DNA. Credit:  Lian und Sander Baumann / Pixabay

Here, there, everywhere: environmental DNA clues to biodiversity

By | Forestry, News, Research

Scientists are utilizing environmental DNA (eDNA) shed by living organisms to study biodiversity. EU-funded LeDNA project collects eDNA from lakes to assess and discover species, aiding global biodiversity preservation efforts. On World Biodiversity Day, May 22, 2024, a citizen science survey will test the method’s scalability, involving people worldwide in lake eDNA sampling using a specially designed device. Similarly, the BIOSPACE project explores eDNA in forests, predicting microbial biodiversity with satellite imagery, offering systematic and unbiased insights into lesser-known species for comprehensive biodiversity conservation.

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Image: Simple road going through a diverse forest. Credit: jusuf111 / Pixabay

New study on the link between biodiversity and climate: How forests smell – a risk for the climate?

By | Climate change, Forestry, News

Plants emit odours for a variety of reasons, such as to communicate with each other, to deter herbivores or to respond to changing environmental conditions. An interdisciplinary team of researchers carried out a study to investigate how biodiversity influences the emission of these substances. For the first time, they were able to show that species-rich forests emit less of these gases into the atmosphere than monocultures.

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Image: The COP28 UN climate talks beginned on November 30, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Credit: COP28 UN

Five things to watch for at COP28 climate talks

By | Blog, Climate change

COP28 in Dubai marks a pivotal moment in human history as unprecedented environmental challenges demand urgent collective action. Key focuses include the critical transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, the operationalization of climate funds for vulnerable nations, addressing the $3 trillion climate financing gap, and tackling methane emissions and food systems. The summit is crucial for shaping a sustainable future and ensuring the world meets climate goals.

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