Africa has a larger land surface than China, India, North America and Western Europe combined, and is home to nine of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, yet our knowledge of Africa’s fauna is poorly documented.
Species adapted to the extreme and arid conditions of deserts are usually highly specialized and endemic to the area. This study presents a historical biogeography of the Inuleae-Plucheinae tribe, a prominent example of arid flora with more than 250 species.
In Latin America, the protozoan parasite Leishmania mexicana is the causal agent of cutaneous leishmaniasis. Spread by sand flies, this ulcer-causing disease represents a serious public health problem in Mexico.
In this project, researchers developed an automated web-service known as the Local Ecological Footprinting Tool or LEFT, to carry out environmental impact assessments quickly and easily with a minimum of user input.
Some species are easily misidentified because they appear very similar to other species. Affecting large biodiversity repositories, such as GBIF, how can such misidentifications be corrected without having to go through millions of records?