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Comparative transcriptomics of the chilling stress response in two Asian mangrove species Bruguiera gymnorhiza and Rhizophora apiculata

Aidan W Short, John Sunoj V Sebastian, Jie Huang, Guannan Wang, Maheshi Dassanayake, ... - (2024) Tree Physiology

Abstract Low temperatures largely determine the geographic limits of plant species by reducing survival and growth. Interspecific differences in the geographic distribution of mangrove species have been associated with cold tolerance, with exclusively tropical species being highly col…

Ecological niche modeling of two Microtheca Stål, 1860 species (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Chrysomelinae) in the Americas: insights from Brassicaceae …

Janderson Batista Rodrigues Alencar, Aline Sampaio, Claudio Ruy Vasconcelos Fonseca, (2024) International Journal of Biometeorology

Biological invasions pose significant threats to biodiversity, with invasive species spread often facilitated by human activities. Consequently, this research utilized ecological niche modeling (ENM) to overcome this limitation and map the potential suitability of Microtheca ochroloma Stål, 1860 and…

Ecological niche modelling of Indigofera oblongifolia (Forssk.): a global machine learning assessment using climatic and non-climatic predictors

Manish Mathur, Preet Mathur, (2024) Discover Environment

Climate change and other extinction facilitators have caused significant shifts in the distribution patterns of many species during the past few decades. Restoring and protecting lesser-known species may be more challenging without adequate biogeographical information. To address this knowledge gap,…

From forest to savanna and back to forest: Evolutionary history of the genus Dimorphandra (Fabaceae)

Vinicius Delgado da Rocha, Thaís Carolina da Silva Dal’Sasso, Christina Cleo Vinson Williams, Marcelo Fragomeni Simon, Marcelo Leandro Bueno, (2024) Journal of Plant Research

The tree genus Dimorphandra (Fabaceae), which contains 26 species divided into three subgenera, was studied using DNA sequence data from six chloroplast genome regions (cpDNA) and the nuclear internal transcribed spacer (ITS). The analyses, which included Bayesian phylogenies and haplotype networks,…

Applying XGBoost and SHAP to Open Source Data to Identify Key Drivers and Predict Likelihood of Wolf Pair Presence

Jeanine Schoonemann, Jurriaan Nagelkerke, Terri G. Seuntjens, Nynke Osinga, Diederik Liere, (2024) Environmental Management

Wolves have returned to Germany since 2000. Numbers have grown to 209 territorial pairs in 2021. XGBoost machine learning, combined with SHAP analysis is applied to predict German wolf pair presence in 2022 for 10 × 10 km grid cells. Model input consisted of 38 variables from open sources, covering …

A comprehensive evaluation of taxonomic classifiers in marine vertebrate eDNA studies

P. E. Bayer, A. Bennett, G. Nester, S. Corrigan, E. J. Raes, ... - (2024) bioRxiv

Environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding is a widely used tool for surveying marine vertebrate biodiversity. To this end, many computational tools have been released and a plethora of bioinformatic approaches are used for eDNA-based community composition analysis. Simulation studies and careful evalua…

Reconstruction of palaeoenvironmental conditions that led to the formation of Eocene sub-bituminous coal seams in the Hungarian Paleogene Basin

Attila J. Trájer, (2024) Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology

Although in the second half of the Eocene, thick sub-bituminous coal seams were deposited in the Hungarian Paleogene Basin, it is not known under what climatic conditions these strata were formed. To investigate this, the paleoenvironmental conditions were reconstructed for the upper Lutetian-middle…

Evaluating the climatic suitability of Engytatus passionarius Minghetti et al. (Heteroptera, Miridae) as a biological control agent of the invasive st…

Eugenia Minghetti, Pablo M. Dellapé, Mariano Maestro, Sara I. Montemayor, (2024) Biological Control

Passiflora foetida is a climbing vine, native to the Neotropical Region that is causing major economic and ecological damage in Australia, where it is rapidly spreading. Traditional control options, such as cutting, manual uprooting, and herbicide applications are only effective for local management…

Priority areas for the establishment of genetic reserves to actively protect key crop wild relative species in Italy

Lorenzo Raggi, Cecilia Zucchini, Eliane Sayde, Daniela Gigante, Valeria Negri, (2024) Global Ecology and Conservation

Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) are wild plant taxa genetically close to a crop. Being a precious source of genetic variability and of traits for crop improvement, CWR have a high socio-economic value and are identified among the main plant genetic resources. Alarming enough, the inter- and intraspecific …

Evolutionary patterns and processes of the high Andean genera Demosthenesia, Pellegrinia, Polyclita, Rusbya, and Siphonandra (Vaccinieae: Ericaceae)

Edgardo Manuel Martín Ortiz Valencia, NA NA, (2024)

The Andean uplift is arguably the most important geologic event that led to the diversification of the richest biota in the planet. By the end of the Miocene, the Andes reached almost half their current elevation and their eastern slopes intercepted, condensed, and precipitated enough westward-movin…

What “unexplored” means: Mapping undersampled regions in natural history collections

P. Chakrabarty, L. Ball, A. Bedoya, S. Rodriguez Machado, D. Paredes-Burneo, ... - (2024) bioRxiv

We examined global records of accessible natural history voucher collections (with publicly available data) for terrestrial and freshwater vascular plants, fungi, freshwater fishes, birds, mammals, and herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles) and highlight areas of the world that would be considered u…

Invading plants remain undetected in a lag phase while they explore suitable climates

Philipp Robeck, Franz Essl, Mark Kleunen, Petr Pyšek, Jan Pergl, ... - (2024) Nature Ecology & Evolution

Successful alien species may experience a period of quiescence, known as the lag phase, before becoming invasive and widespread. The existence of lags introduces severe uncertainty in risk analyses of aliens as the present state of species is a poor predictor of future distributions, invasion succes…

Impact of climate change on the habitat range and distribution of Cordyla pinnata, Faidherbia albida and Balanites aegyptiaca in Senegal

Mariama Sambou, Brahima Koné, Seyni Sane, Mahunan Eric José Vodounnon, Andre Amakobo Diatta, ... - (2024) Modeling Earth Systems and Environment

The survival of agroforestry species in Senegal is threatened by climate change. Hence, it has become important to identify the most endangered species for prioritising conservation efforts. This study aimed to assess the impact of climate change on the distribution of three key agroforestry species…

Nature Forest Reserves in Tanzania and their importance for conservation

Claire Ract, Neil D. Burgess, Lars Dinesen, Peter Sumbi, Isaac Malugu, ... - (2024) PLOS ONE

Since 1997 Tanzania has undertaken a process to identify and declare a network of Nature Forest Reserves (NFRs) with high biodiversity values, from within its existing portfolio of national Forest Reserves, with 16 new NFRs declared since 2015. The current network of 22 gazetted NFRs covered 948,871…

Naturalization and invasion potential of Sesuvium portulacastrum L. recorded as alien species in Egypt

Selim Z. Heneidy, Laila M. Bidak, Marwa Waseem A. Halmy, Amal M. Fakhry, Soliman M. Toto, (2024) Scientific Reports

Sesuvium portulacastrum is a perennial halophyte of family Aizoaceae, non-native to Egypt, which was introduced from France ten years ago as an ornamental species. This study reports the detection of S. portulacastrum in the wild in Egypt. Voucher specimens were deposited in the Herbarium of Alexand…

Repeated upslope biome shifts in Saxifraga during late-Cenozoic climate cooling

Tom Carruthers, Michelangelo S. Moerland, Jana Ebersbach, Adrien Favre, Ryan A. Folk, ... - (2024) Nature Communications

Mountains are among the most biodiverse places on Earth, and plant lineages that inhabit them have some of the highest speciation rates ever recorded. Plant diversity within the alpine zone - the elevation above which trees cannot grow—contributes significantly to overall diversity within mountain s…

Effects of climate change on the distribution of the native Carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua L.) in Morocco

Jalal Kassout, Soufian Chakkour, Abdeltif El Ouahrani, Younes Hmimsa, Salama El Fatehi, ... - (2024) Research Square

Climate change is expected to alter many natural ecosystems around the world, by affecting plants growth and distribution. This is particularly emphasized for several Mediterranean plant species and communities. In this study, we investigate the suitable habitat and geographical distribution of a re…

The evolution of paleo- and neo-endemic species of Cactaceae in the isolated Valley of Tehuacán-Cuicatlán, Mexico

Fabiola Soto-Trejo, Francisco Robles, Rafael Lira, Luis A. Sánchez-González, Enrique Ortiz, (2024) Plant Ecology and Evolution

Background and aims – Endemism may be defined according to the time of origin of taxa. Neo-endemics refer to relatively recent species that have not dispersed outside their ancestral areas. In contrast, paleo-endemics refer to species of ancient origins, which are currently geographically restricted…

Distribution, Chemical Constituents and Biological Properties of Genus Malaxis

Kalpana Rautela, Ashish Kumar, Suresh K. Rana, Arun Jugran, Indra D. Bhatt, (2024) Chemistry & Biodiversity

The genus Malaxis (family Orchidaceae), comprises nearly 183 species available across the globe. The plants of this genus have long been employed in traditional medical practices because of their numerous biological properties, like the treatment of infertility, hemostasis, burning sensation, bleedi…

Modelling current and future potential distribution of medicinal orchids in Darjeeling eastern Himalaya

Debasruti Boral, Saurav Moktan, (2024) Plant Ecology

Species distribution modelling remains a valuable tool for managing conservation practices for medicinal plants. As climate change threatens the planet’s biodiversity, it has become imperative to investigate its impact on our important bioresources. We studied the distribution of two medicinally ess…

A window to the future: effects of climate change on the distribution patterns of Iranian Zygaenidae and their host plants

Sajad Noori, Axel Hofmann, Dennis Rödder, Martin Husemann, Hossein Rajaei, (2024) Biodiversity and Conservation

Climate change has been suggested as an important human-induced driver for the ongoing sixth mass extinction. As a common response to climate change, and particularly global warming, species move toward higher latitudes or shift uphill. Furthermore, rapid climate change impacts the biotic interactio…

Predicted shifts in suitable habitat of interacting benthic species in a warmer and invaded Canadian Arctic

Jesica Goldsmit, Christopher W. McKindsey, Robert W. Schlegel, David Deslauriers, Kimberly L. Howland, (2024) Elem Sci Anth

Climate change and related expanding shipping activity are predicted to increase the risk of aquatic invasive species arriving in the Arctic. The goal of this study was to predict the distribution of an interconnected set of native and non-native primary producers and primary and secondary consumers…

Shall we promote natural history collection today?—Answered by reviewing Ernest Henry Wilson’s plant collection process in China

Renwu Wu, Yongxi Zou, Shuai Liao, Ke Shi, Xinge Nan, ... - (2024) Science of The Total Environment

Plant diversity exploration needs to be accelerated because many species will go extinct before their discovery and description, and many species-rich regions remain poorly studied. However, most contemporary plant collections prefer to focus on a specific group, which hinders the exploration and co…

Transnational conservation to anticipate future plant shifts in Europe

Yohann Chauvier-Mendes, Laura J. Pollock, Peter H. Verburg, Dirk N. Karger, Loïc Pellissier, ... - (2024) Nature Ecology & Evolution

To meet the COP15 biodiversity framework in the European Union (EU), one target is to protect 30% of its land by 2030 through a resilient transnational conservation network. The European Alps are a key hub of this network hosting some of the most extensive natural areas and biodiversity hotspots in …

Patterns of Grewia (Malvaceae) diversity across geographic scales in Africa and Madagascar

Nisa Karimi, Margaret M Hanes, (2024) Annals of Botany

Background and aims Quantifying spatial species richness is useful to describe biodiversity patterns across broad geographic areas, especially in large, poorly known plant groups. We explore patterns and predictors of species richness across Africa in one such group; the paleotropi…