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The study on microbes was based on an analysis of previous research conducted in the Caatinga forest in eastern Brazil. Photo: Cesar Coelho CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 InternationalCesar Coelho CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Return of microbes certifies soil restoration in Brazil

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A study highlights the recovery of microbial diversity in regenerated semi-arid areas in Brazil. Thus confirming the validity of soil regeneration techniques
Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, have a high iron content and can be used to produce biological fertilizers. Photo: Josef Reischig CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 UnportedJosef Reischig CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported

Cyanobacteria are amazing biofertilizers for soil

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According to a U.S. study, cyanobacteria or "blue-green algae" can be used to produce a biofertilizer suitable for iron-poor soils, thus turning into a valuable natural resource for farmers
The survey on the effect of biodiversity in countering exotic species was arealized in Chapada dos Veados National Park, west-central Brazil. Photo: Eliane de Castro CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 InternationalEliane de Castro CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

When restoring ecosystems, biodiversity is the key

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Brazilian study highlights how the use of increased biodiversity of reintroduced species in restoration areas limits the colonization of invasive species
To measure the effectiveness of biodiversity protection strategies, researchers analyzed the distribution of forest bird habitat in Colombia. Photo: Halfpaap CC BY-ND 2.0 DEED Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 GenericPhoto: Halfpaap CC BY-ND 2.0 DEED Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

In biodiversity protection, choosing the right areas halves the costs

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This is supported by an Australian study: in protecting biodiversity it is better to target smaller but more at-risk areas. The goal is to achieve greater convenience and better results
Per comprendere l’effetto del clima sui microbi i ricercatori hanno esaminato una prateria subartica in Islanda soggetta, da oltre mezzo secolo, al riscaldamento geotermico. Foto: Christina Kaiser Universität Wien Press ReleaseChristina Kaiser Universität Wien Press Release

Diversity of soil microbes increases with climate change

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A study from the University of Vienna brings new insights into the microbiome-climate cycle in the soil. Higher temperatures activate dormant bacteria, scientists explain
Ants may be perfect candidates for providing useful insights into crop impacts. Photo: Poranimm Athithawatthee Pexels Free to UsePhoto: Poranimm Athithawatthee Pexels Free to Use

Ants offer new guidance on biodiversity in biofuel crops

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Effects on the communities of ants are one example of the consequences of energy policies and subsequent land use change, a study from U.S. has found
Mining waste can have a negative impact on the environment. Photo: Roy Luck CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericRoy Luck CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

Mining waste threatens biodiversity conservation

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According to an Australian study, 29 percent of mining tailings storage facilities are located in or near protected areas. With significant risks to the environment
The Atlantic Forest stretches along the east coast of Brazil from Rio Grande do Norte state to Paraguay and Argentina. Photo: Alex Popovkin CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericAlex Popovkin CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

Atlantic Forest, Brazil, 82% of tree species could disappear

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In the forest area spanning the southeastern region of Brazil, two-thirds of all species and more than four-fifths of endemic ones are threatened with extinction
Tropical areas are more at risk in terms of the impact of agricultural deforestation on bird biodiversity. Photo: Alyssa Crouse Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain DedicationAlyssa Crouse Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

The impact of agricultural deforestation on biodiversity is not the same everywhere

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Some features promote the resilience of certain species to the effects of deforestation, a Peking University study has found. But biodiversity conservation is also affected by local agricultural history
Mulching films are a potential source of microplastic pollution. Photo: François Molle/IRD CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericFrançois Molle/IRD CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

Microplastics affect soil fungi according to drought conditions

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The impact of microplastics on the soil fungal community is affected by soil moisture content, a German study has found