Intensifying natural forest for coffee production affects mammals in Ethiopia

Researchers of the Biodiversity Inventory for Conservation (BINCO) found that intensification of natural forest for coffee production alters large mammal communities.…


The extinction of the Mexican endemic Catarina Pupfish Megupsilon aporus and the sixth mass extinction

Species extinction is one of the most severe, and a truly irreversible, environmental problems facing our planet. Thousands of species have gone extinct in the last 100 years, and many more are at risk.…


Riparian forest protection is crucial to the long-term viability of the endangered proboscis monkey

Nearly half of all primate species are threatened with extinction, with habitat destruction being the biggest threat to their survival. Studies on the impact of habitat changes on primate populations are limited and often based on inferences because primates are long-lived mammals with slow life cycles, and generally respond very slowly to environmental changes.…


Lack of information as a threat for Amazonian marmosets

In 1914 a scientific expedition led by the former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and the Brazilian Marshal Cândido Rondon set out into the Amazon rainforest to map the then unknown River of Doubt, known today as the Roosevelt River.…


Growers in California Face New Weed Control Challenge: Italian ryegrass develops resistance to multiple herbicides

Italian ryegrass has become a weedy nuisance in California – often found in orchards and vineyards where fruits and nuts are grown.…


Fading stripes in Southeast Asia: first insight into the ecology and conservation of an elusive and threatened rabbit

Camera trap pictures don’t lie—and yet the animal on my computer screen was almost too fantastical to believe. This was no ordinary rabbit.…


Rice Growers Beware: Study finds 3 of 4 residual herbicides reduce crop performance

Fall-applied residual herbicides are often used to control glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass – especially in the Mid-South. But growers who use rice as a rotational crop need to beware.…


Livestock (grazing) systems provide a large diversity of ecosystem services

The animal article of the month for December is ‘Perception of livestock ecosystem services in grazing area‘ The interaction between livestock systems and their respective environments is complex.…


The Armadillo Conservation Program: A pioneering initiative to save armadillos in the Orinoco Llanos of Colombia from extinction

How do you maximize the probability of success of conservation actions? A good strategy is to involve stakeholders from the start and to combine different strategies, including research, policy formulation and enforcement, practical interventions and education.…


Evidence shows that culling endangered flying foxes is unnecessary

In an effort to reduce damage to fruit orchards on the island, the Mauritian Government has just announced (27 October 2018) a further cull of the Endangered Mauritian flying fox Pteropus niger.…


Marine protected areas and marine spatial planning for the benefit of marine mammals

The world’s oceans that make up more than 70% of the earth’s surface face a wide range of human pressures. This applies particularly to the coastal zone, where marine mammal communities in almost 50% of the world’s coastal waters are considered at high-risk.…


A promising approach to optimize pig genomics

The animal article of the month for November is ‘Genotype imputation from various low-density SNP panels and its impact on accuracy of genomic breeding values in pigs‘ The rapid increase in the world population, which is expected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050, needs to be accompanied by a substantial increase in food production.…