A research team from the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) developed a simple methodology for drawing up national 'watch lists' that identify alien species most likely to pose substantial threat of invasion.
Held in New Delhi in September, the GBIF Public Symposium featured speakers outlining recent developments in biodiversity informatics and highlighting innovative research uses of GBIF-mediated data. Watch on-demand videos of the live-stream coverage.
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), which hosts the GBIF national node, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of the Western Cape (UWC) to underpin development of a post-graduate research hub for biodiversity information management.
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.
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.