Research

  • Genetics Guide Conservation

    DNA samples from museum specimens have again proved useful in discovering what conservation actions can help endangered species. For the critically endangered regent honeyeater, the answer is to protect its Australian habitat.

    By Alex Taylor on 1st November 2019
  • Insect Decline Extensive

    An international team of researchers has documented the decline of insects in Germany, in many areas it is by one third. The decline is mainly in grasslands near to farmland, but is also in forests and protected areas.

    By Alex Taylor on 31st October 2019
  • Ancient DNA Giving Fresh Insights

    Scientists trying to save endangered species are finding help in museum collections. It has been shown that using DNA specimens from old specimens to understand evolution and threats to their survival.

    By Alex Taylor on 26th October 2019
  • Sea Eagle Stress

    White-tailed sea eagles in Germany were tested for the stress hormone corticosterone, levels of which were particularly high in birds nesting close to roads and paths. This has implications for tourist use in areas of high eagle density.

    By Alex Taylor on 18th October 2019
  • Shocking South African Extinctions

    Over the past 300 years, 79 plants have been confirmed extinct from three of the world’s biodiversity hotspots located in South Africa – the Cape Floristic Region, the Succulent Karoo, and the Maputuland-Pondoland-Albany corridor.

    By Alex Taylor on 4th October 2019
  • Large Freshwater Animals in Decline

    A study of large freshwater animals between 1970 to 2012 has revealed that populations throughout the globe have fallen by 88%, with large fish species being particularly affected. Conservation action for freshwater biodiversity is urgently required.

    By Alex Taylor on 27th September 2019
  • Groundbreaking Technique to Save Northern White Rhinos

    A groundbreaking procedure has been successfully conducted with a view to saving the northern white rhino from extinction. Eggs have been harvested from the last two individuals left, and artificially inseminated.

    By Alex Taylor on 20th September 2019
  • Habitat Loss Major Threat to Australian Birds

    New research has found that habitat loss is a major concern for hundreds of Australian bird species, threatened as well as non-threatened, and south-eastern Australia has been the worst affected.

    By Alex Taylor on 13th September 2019
  • Research Bias Leaves Primates at Risk

    A study of research articles published in recent years has found that they have focused heavily on a few charismatic primates and nationally protected parks and forests, leaving lesser known species and habitats at risk.

    By Alex Taylor on 6th September 2019
  • Faecal Transplants for Koalas

    Analyses of microbiomes in the guts of koalas has led tot he discovery that faecal transplants could help them to eat a wider range of food. This may help them to survive habitat loss and could benefit other endangered species with very specific diets.

    By Alex Taylor on 29th August 2019