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Gone but not forgotten – plant extinction in modern times

What do you think of when you hear the word 'extinction'? Chances are you think of dinosaurs or dodos. You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who thinks of plants. This contrast reflects that, until recently, we lacked a global overview of ongoing plant extinction. Extinction occurs... click to read more

  • A.M. Humphreys | Assistant Professor at Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
  • R. Govaerts | Senior Content Editor at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK
  • E. Nic Lughadha | Senior Research Leader at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK
  • M.S. Vorontsova | Research Leader at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK
Views 307
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 29, 2019
Human's impact on the behavior and cultural diversity of chimpanzees

Safeguarding the earth's biodiversity has become an urgent priority in the current era of unprecedented environmental and ecosystem degradation. Scientists have been monitoring the loss of species, populations, and their genetic diversity. However, they gave comparatively little attention to the influence of human growth and... click to read more

  • Ammie K. Kalan | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Primatology, Leipzig, Germany
Views 413
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 12, 2019
High extinction risk for wild coffee species and implications for coffee sector sustainability

It has been estimated that coffee farming provides livelihoods for around 100 million people worldwide, most of which are smallholder farmers. For many coffee producing countries, coffee exports make up a significant and critically important proportion of their export earnings. Despite the number of producers... click to read more

  • Aaron P. Davis | Senior Research Leader at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK
Views 958
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 5, 2019
Machine-learning boosts the conservation of endangered plant species

Pandas, whales, elephants, and lions are extinct. Even though we know that's not true, that could be true in a world in which those species had never been studied and protected, and it is a real threat for many species that are unfortunately not as... click to read more

  • Tara Pelletier | Assistant Professor at Radford University, Radford, Virginia, USA
  • Anahí Espíndola | Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Views 1949
Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 29, 2019
Marine mammals may suffer dire consequences of ancient gene loss

Have you ever lost something? Perhaps you have misplaced your keys or left an umbrella in the bus. Generally speaking, losing things has negative consequences. Without your keys, you might be locked out of your house or car, and without your umbrella, you might get... click to read more

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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 8, 2019