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Major update to Europe's alien species catalogue ◄A►
News of the launch of the recently updated DAISIE catalogue of alien invasive species in Europe.
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ALTER-Net contributes to French LTER network conference
News of a conference with ALTER-Net member involvement
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Leaking ammonia leading to biodiversity loss and health risks, new themed volume of papers reveals
Leaking ammonia from fertilisers and higher ammonia emissions caused by a warmer climate are among the issues highlighted in a new volume of scientific papers published this week.
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BESAFE project featured in International Innovation
The EU-funded BESAFE project - which involves several ALTER-Net member organisations - is described in December's issue of International Innovation.
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Follow the first BiodiversityKnowledge conference online
All the plenary talks at the conference, which takes place from 21-23 May, will be webstreamed live. You can also submit questions to the conference via e-mail and Twitter
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Taking science to school kids: the Slimy Science Creature Challenge!
Here's a fun, if messy, example of public outreach, aimed at getting kids interested in ecology.
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New journal on ecosystem services; first two issues freely available
A new journal, Ecosystem Services, was launched recently, under the editorship of Dr. Leon Braat, Senior Researcher in International Biodiversity Policy at Alterra, the Netherlands. Dr Braat is also the current Chair of the ALTER-Net Management Board. The first two issues are freely available to download on Elsevier's ScienceDirect.
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Habitat mapping method could help restore biodiversity
A new method for mapping long-term changes in habitat over large areas and in fine detail has been developed, which could help inform conservation plans to restore biodiversity to previous states. In a UK case study, researchers have used it to demonstrate the dramatic effects of intensive agriculture and afforestation on rural habitats since the 1930s.
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Intensity of land use doubled in the 20th century
Newly published research by ALTER-Net partners into the human appropriation of net primary productivity
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Last few places left on modelling course in Spain
There are a few places left on the course 'Introduction to individual-based models in ecology using NetLogo', that will take place in Spain in May. The tutors are from ALTER-Net partner, UFZ.
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