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Healthier soils will give us – and the planet – a healthier century

The dirt beneath your feet is teeming with life. In any given tablespoon of soil, there may be more than 50 billion microbes – bacteria, fungi, nematodes, mites, and more. Ninety percent of all the organisms on earth live underground. In a handful of healthy soil, there is more biodiversity …

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BiodiversityNEWS

Plant communities produce greater yield than monocultures

Diverse plant communities are more successful and enable higher crop yields than pure monocultures, a European research team has discovered. Source: University of Zurich The ecologists from the University of Zurich are convinced that the cultivation of crop mixtures in agriculture and forestry will play a key role in food …

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With climate change, nothing is better than a tree
BiodiversityNEWS

With climate change, nothing is better than a tree, ICRAF director tells UN REDD+ meeting

On 24 September 2014 the UN saw a high powered event on the “Transformative Potential of REDD+: a Global Legacy in the Making”. Keynote speakers included the President of Indonesia, HE Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Source: ICRAF Indonesia embarked on implementing REDD+ in 2010 supported by $1 billion from Norway. Minister …

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Global Ocean Health scores 67 out of 100

Annual Ocean Health Index Report also assessed the Antarctic and high seas oceans for the first time, critical regions for maintaining a healthy climate, safeguarding biodiversity and providing sustainable food sources Source: Conservation International Researchers have announced the scores for the most comprehensive assessment done by the Ocean Health Index, …

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Farmers learn about different bean and maize varieties at a seed fair in Saraguro, Ecuador. Photo: Bioversity international/J.Coronel
Biodiversity

International Plant Treaty at the centre of climate change discussions

To find crops and varieties that can grow in changing climates, the people who manage and conserve plant genetic resources all over the world need to work together to pool those resources and create a networked collection. Author: Ann Tutwiler. Source: Bioversity International Yesterday (24 Sept 2014) representatives from international …

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Geographical Indications, Biodiversity and Poor Communities
Biodiversity

Geographical indications, biodiversity and poor communities

The opportunity for geographical indications to provide protection for traditional indigenous biodiversity products and benefits to poor agricultural communities. Source: Crops for the Future Developed countries are rich in biodiversity, and a number of attractive native products are traditionally derived from domesticated and wild plants and animals. In some cases …

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Payments for Ecosystem Services
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Payments for Ecosystem Services

Funding sustainability at the grassroots level: 20 years of PES experience in Costa Rica A healthier ecosystem will benefit all of society; rich and poor, directly and indirectly. But the social and environmental objectives of the scheme must be targeted accurately. A system of Payments for Ecosystems Services is one …

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Warburgia ugandensis, an important antimalarial tree species, for which detailed information on genetic markers is contained in the tropiTree database.
Biodiversity

New database of genetic markers for tropical trees

tropiTree is a new interactive open-access database that provides detailed information on genetic markers for 24 trees species that are important to smallholders in complex tropical agroforestry systems. Source: World Agroforestry Centre The development of the genetic markers in the database has been possible through massive cuts in sequencing costs …

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Animal ProductionBiodiversity

Managing the health risks associated with agriculture: an overview of research

Author: Tezira Lore. Source: AgHealth Over 60% of the newly identified infectious diseases that have affected people over the past few decades have been caused by pathogens originating from animals or animal products. In agricultural areas that use more water, people face increased risk of infectious diseases, especially through zoonotic …

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The role of environment and energy-related projects in catalysing sustainable development in SIDS

Sustainable development is vital for Small Island Developing States to help reduce poverty, promote human development, and build resilience, says a new publication produced jointly by the UNDP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Source: Global Environmental Facility The publication titled Island Innovations – UNDP and GEF: Leveraging the Environment …

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