We’re talking about a lot of seeds.
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The concerns about genetically modified foods are well known. But when we look at population and climate projections, what happens if we don't use them to increase our food supply?
Biodiversity is known to suffer in human-altered agricultural areas. But the Verreaux Eagle is an exception and has seen its numbers increase in agricultural land..
Near threatened: The Tasmanian Bettong (
Bettongia gaimardi) is now part of a plan to save the species and restore a wider conservation area at Mulligans Flat.
Most wildlife plays a key role in any ecosystem. So when one becomes extinct, it can impact their habitat. And we're now finding we may have lost more species in Australia than first thought.
There’s something in the tree air and it’s good for you.
There's something in the air that actually has health benefits when you take time to walk among the plants and trees. What that is exactly is still being studied by scientists.
China has experienced deforestation in some parts of the country placing valuable biodiversity at risk of extinction.
China needs to do more to manage the balance between conservation and tourism to protect its rich biodiversity.
New forms of life are discovered in high-tech ways that leave yesterday’s natural history collections in the dust.
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Forget the pith helmet and butterfly net. Discovering biodiversity now is much more about metagenomics and the 0's and 1's of digital databases.
Achieving the UN's ambitious new target will require some big changes.
Feral cat with galah, mounted specimen.
Australia wants to kill off two million feral cats and momentum for similar plans is growing in the US. Is there a good case for killing or neutering outdoor cats to protect biodiversity?
Eating kangaroos is sustainable.
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Campaigners against commercial kangaroo harvesting say it's unsustainable and have convinced California to extend a ban on kangaroo imports. But are Australia's world-famous roos really at risk?
It’s high time we gave Australian wildlife a helping hand.
AAP Image/Sam Mooy
A 21st century government would put the environment on at least an equal footing with the economy. That means no more extinctions, and no more putting ourselves before wildlife or future generations.
‘I don’t do public transport.’
Bat populations have been hammered by deforestation. Efforts like tree-planting schemes are a step forward, but they're doomed to fail unless we apply a bit more local knowledge.
Wildlife corridors: four proposals to ‘rewild’ portions of North America.
Proposals to set aside vast tracts of land for wildlife raise ethical questions, challenging the human-centric view of the value of life.
Cute – but not actually endangered.
The UK has few endemic and endangered species. Wildlife protection is easier and more important elsewhere.
Teeming with insect life?
Oregon Department of Agriculture
Continued use of pesticides will lower diversity of beneficial insects, costing corn farmers more money over time.
What do collections of dead butterflies do for their still-living counterparts?
Andrew D Warren
The dead animal specimens that comprise natural history collections contribute a lot toward scientific understanding of their still-living counterparts – and those that have gone extinct.
Loggerhead turtle populations are facing a brighter future, but many other species are still in decline, while for others there are no data at all.
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The Great Barrier Reef is home to some 1,600 species of bony fish, 130 sharks and rays, and turtles, mammals and more. Most have had no population monitoring, meaning we don't know how well they are faring.
Is it a … or a ….? Dengrogramma enigmatica, discovered in deep water off the coast of Victoria, doesn’t quite fit in anywhere in the animal family tree.
The top 10 new species for 2015 include a crop-circling fish, a murderous wasp, and an animal that's got scientists confounded.
The colonial legacy of rigid approaches to sovereignty continue to hinder co-operative approaches to conservation in Africa.
It is important that co-operative approaches are found to conservation as the natural environment knows no political boundaries.
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There's a battle going on in your garden between invasive and valuable domestic pollinators. Here's how to tilt the fight in favor of our humble bumble bee.
True Australians: hard workers, quiet achievers and generally underappreciated labourers.
Insects are largely hidden from view or maligned unfairly, but they make a tremendous contribution to the Australian economy.