Significant progress at the Global Soil Partnership meeting Rome, Italy

Written by Dr. Ciro Gardi, Scientific Programme Coordinator, Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative

On July 22-24, 2014, I attended the Second Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) that was held in the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy.

Soil Biodiversity in the European Commission Headquarters

As a European and Belgian citizen, I have seen the Berlaymont building in Brussels many times before in person and on TV or in newspapers when European issues were being addressed. I have always associated the building with politics and a beehive of translators to enable multi-language meetings.

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A lifetime ambition: Barcoding UK Collembola

This blog post is not a write-up of work done so much as it is a wish list of work to do!  Here Peter Shaw and Carly Benefer describe the background to, and early stages of a long-term project to answer an apparently simple question: “What species of Collembola occur in Britain?” by using molecular barcodes. 

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Plant-Soil-Ecosystems Group Launches Journal Club

The BES Plant-Soil-Ecosystems group has launched an online journal club. As explained on the site, they plan to post on a new paper approximately every two weeks, and hope there will be plenty of discussion via the comments and on twitter. Visit the About page for more details.

 

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A wave of alien invaders marches unseen, northwards across Britain!

The UK is experiencing a wave of colonisation events by non-native species, some of which are being largely overlooked.  At least 5 non-native species of springtail are now widespread in the UK and apparently moving northward: at least three of these seem not to have been scientifically described despite being commonly found in gardens.

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