Are sacred caves still safe havens for the endemic bats of Madagascar?

Caves have been held in awe by humans for millennia. Not only have they offered us shelter and accommodated potential prey, for many societies they also held a profound spiritual significance, acting as a final resting place for the ancestors and often being perceived as gateways to the afterlife.…


The Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM)

The animal article of the month for February is ‘Invited review: a position on The Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM)‘ The livestock sector is one of the fastest growing subsectors of the agricultural economy and it makes a major contribution to global food supply and economic development.…


Want Better Weed Control in Organic No-Till Crops? Research Shows Mulch is Not Enough!

Cover-crop mulch has long been the weed control tactic of choice for organic no-till corn and soybean systems. But new research featured in the journal Weed Science shows that adding new control tactics can deliver much better results.…


Emotional coping among communities offers a ray of hope for elephant conservation

“What we do not destroy in nature, we come to worship- though we may yet destroy it.” – Eric Scigliano (2004), Love, War and Circuses: The Age-old Relationship Between Elephants and Humans The Asian elephant is listed as Endangered  on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, with a gradually declining population.…


Illegal killing of birds still occurring in Europe

In spite of national legislation and international obligations, a new BirdLife International-led review showed illegal killing and taking is still occurring in Northern and Central Europe and the Caucasus, birds being primarily killed illegally for ‘sport’, ‘food’ or ‘predator and pest control’.…


Meet the new editor of The Canadian Entomologist

My name is Dezene Huber, and I’m a professor in the Ecosystem Science and Management Program at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George (Canada).…


A Botanical Mystery Solved by Phylogenetic Testing

Missouri Botanical Garden researchers used DNA testing to rediscover Dracaena umbraculifera, which was thought to be extinct. The methods and results were published today in Oryx.…


Computerized tools help farmers make optimal decisions

The animal article of the month for January is ‘Invited review: Helping dairy farmers to improve economic performance utilizing data-driving decision support tools‘ Data-driven decision-making is a necessity in today’s dairy farm systems.…