Newest publications

2019 April

We are pleased to announce the publication of a couple of new publications. Associate Professor Christos Mammides has published a commentary in Biodiversity and Conservation bringing attention to the fact that the conservation efforts within the European Union are taxonomically biased, focusing mostly on vertebrates. For instance, the number of birds protected by European legislation is substantially higher than the number of insects, and bird projects represent almost half of the EU’s conservation funding. Yet, according to the European Red Lists, there are many more threatened insects within the EU than birds. It is unlikely that the EU will be able to conserve its biodiversity successfully if the taxonomic bias is not addressed. 

Meanwhile, Research Associate Indika Peabotuwage has published an article about frugivorous birds in Sri Lanka and their interactions with fig trees. Sampling across a disturbance gradient of forest, agricultural and urban sites, Indika found that the percentage of such birds that were closely associated in space with fig trees was highest in the urban sites. Hence, the “keystone” role that figs can play is accentuated in urban areas, justifying their planting.

Please look for the articles:

Mammides C. 2019. European Union’s conservation efforts are taxonomically biased. Biodiversity and Conservation 28:1291–1296.
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Peabotuwage, I., Goodale, U. M., and Goodale E. 2019. Is the keystone role of figs maintained across a gradient of increasing human disturbance? Biotropica.
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