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Analysing the data published by GBIF Spain

An evaluation of the biodiversity records hosted by a GBIF national node makes recommendations for improving the quality of the data, increasing their usefulness to scientists and policy makers.

Also tagged: Spain Europe

Ragweed invasion promoted by climate change

A study uses GBIF-mediated data to predict widespread expansion into northern and eastern Europe of an invasive plant responsible for significant health costs due to its allergenic pollen.

Also tagged: Germany Europe North America

Projecting future malaria risk in tropical Americas

Modelling of future occurrences of a mosquito strongly associated with malaria in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean suggests that high altitude areas will become increasingly at risk of the disease, due to climate change.

Also tagged: United States Colombia Latin America North America

Conserving genetic diversity of crops in West Africa

A shortlist of 20 plants for priority conservation in Benin has been drawn up, based on relatedness to crops used to sustain livelihoods in the country, using GBIF to help identify plant records from relevant genera.

Also tagged: Benin China United Kingdom Africa

Adapting agriculture to future climate: the date palm

Climate change will make many parts of North Africa unsuitable for growing date palms, according to research using occurrence data accessed via GBIF to generate models based on future conditions of temperature and moisture.

Also tagged: Australia Oceania Asia Latin America Africa