Reclaiming contaminated land through biodiversity

How can we develop efficient ways to reclaim contaminated lands? Ecological Solutions and Evidence Editor-in-Chief, Marc Cadotte shares his recent work with Jia et al.,published in Journal of Applied Ecology. A version of this post is available in Chinese here. According to the IPBES report on land degradation, the degradation of productive lands and intact habitats is a major threat to sustainability, biodiversity and ecosystem … Continue reading Reclaiming contaminated land through biodiversity

利用生物多样性修复退化土地

Translation by Jin-tian Li.
根据IPBES关于土地退化的报告,农业用地和原生境的退化大大降低了生态系统的恢复力和经济系统的弹性,是对全球可持续发展、生物多样性和生态系统功能的重大威胁。在许多新兴经济体和发展中国家,人类活动所导致的环境污染使大量农业用地和原生境发生了严重退化。在很多情况下,将遭受严重污染的生境恢复到原始状态是不可行的,因为这些生境承载一个健全的原始生态系统的能力十分有限。在这种情况下,我们需要实施一系列修复退化土地的措施,以期达到提高生物多样性、增强生态系统功能的目的… Continue reading 利用生物多样性修复退化土地

Cover stories: escapes from aquaculture

Using the example of sturgeons in the Yangtze River and impacts on the critically endangered Chinese sturgeon, work by Rui-Ting Ju et al. looks into policies around escaping non-native species from aquaculture. The corresponding cover image for issue 57:01 was taken by Ping Zhuang. Sturgeon farming is expanding worldwide due to the overexploitation of wild stocks. In China, the main farmed species are non-native species … Continue reading Cover stories: escapes from aquaculture

Giant Panda Conservation

Minerva Singh is a PhD Candidate at the University of Cambridge and she is involved with the BES Conservation Ecology Special Interest Group. In this post Minerva looks at whether zoos can help in the conservation of charismatic megafauna. For International Women’s Day, we asked Minerva about her career in science and the challenges and improvements she is seeing in STEM. You can read all … Continue reading Giant Panda Conservation

The Yellow Sea – a rapidly narrowing bottleneck for migrating shorebirds

The shrinking of mudflats along the coasts of the Chinese Yellow Sea is an increasing problem for birds trying to migrate between Siberia (for breeding) and Australia and New Zealand (for survival when not breeding). Research by an international team of ecologists from The Netherlands, Australia and China, led by the Chair in Global Flyway Ecology at the University of Groningen and staff member of … Continue reading The Yellow Sea – a rapidly narrowing bottleneck for migrating shorebirds

The science of healthy ecosystems

This blog post is part of the blog series ‘Authors in Asia’, to accompany the recent Virtual Issue in Journal of Applied Ecology. You can read other posts in this series here.  This post features two manuscripts which look at the science of healthy ecosystems. First, Fei-Hai Yu discusses his paper ‘Understanding the effects of a new grazing policy: the impact of seasonal grazing on … Continue reading The science of healthy ecosystems

Science in China –feeding the juggernaut*

This article was written by Executive Editor Marc Cadotte and originally posted on The EEB and Flow blog on 6 November 2015. On the Applied Ecologist’s blog it forms part of the new blog series ‘Authors in Asia’, to accompany the new Virtual Issue in Journal of Applied Ecology. Other posts for this series will be published over the next two weeks and you will … Continue reading Science in China –feeding the juggernaut*