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Henning, T., Allen, J. P., & Rodríguez Rodríguez, E. F. (2021). A new species of Utricularia Sect. Orchidioides (Lentibulariaceae) from the Amotape-Huancabamba Zone of North Peru. Darwiniana, Nueva Serie, 9(2), 299–311. doi:10.14522/darwiniana.2021.92.955 https://doi.org/10.14522/darwiniana.2021.92.955

A new species of Utricularia Section Orchidioides: Utricularia amotape-huancabambensis sp. nov. (Lentibulariaceae), endemic to Northern Peru is described and illustrated. It is known from two populations so far, both located in the Province Bongará, Dpto. Amazonas at ca. 2200 m altitude. The new spe…

González‐Orozco, C. E., Sosa, C. C., Thornhill, A. H., & Laffan, S. W. (2021). Phylogenetic diversity and conservation of crop wild relatives in Colombia. Evolutionary Applications. doi:10.1111/eva.13295 https://doi.org/10.1111/eva.13295

Crop wild relatives (CWR) are an important agricultural resource as they contain genetic traits not found in cultivated species due to localised adaptation to unique environmental and climatic conditions. Phylogenetic Diversity (PD) measures the evolutionary relationship of species using the tree of…

Wang, C.-J., & Wan, J.-Z. (2021). Functional trait perspective on suitable habitat distribution of invasive plant species at a global scale. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. doi:10.1016/j.pecon.2021.07.002 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pecon.2021.07.002

Plant invasion has been proved to threaten biodiversity conservation and ecosystem maintenance at a global scale. It is a challenge to project suitable habitat distributions of invasive plant species (IPS) for invasion risk assessment at large spatial scales. Interaction outcomes between native and …

Chu, X., Gugger, P. F., Li, L., Zhao, J., & Li, Q. (2021). Responses of an endemic species ( Roscoea humeana ) in the Hengduan Mountains to climate change. Diversity and Distributions. doi:10.1111/ddi.13397 https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.13397

Aim: Adaptation, migration and extinction of species is closely associated with climate changes and shape the distribution of biodiversity. The adaptive responses of species in the biodiversity hotspot, the Hengduan Mountains, to climate change remain poorly understood. Location: The Hengduan Mount…

Singh, M., Rajasekaran, A., & Kumar, L. (2021). Modeling potential hotspots of invasive Prosopis juliflora (Swartz) DC. In India. Ecological Informatics, 101386. doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2021.101386 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoinf.2021.101386

Prosopis juliflora (Swartz) DC has become one of the world's 100 most dominant invasive species. It is spreading quickly in different parts of the country leading to growing public concern. Effective management of invasive plants requires information regarding their spatial distributions and identif…

Baumbach, L., Warren, D. L., Yousefpour, R., & Hanewinkel, M. (2021). Climate change may induce connectivity loss and mountaintop extinction in Central American forests. Communications Biology, 4(1). doi:10.1038/s42003-021-02359-9 https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-021-02359-9

The tropical forests of Central America serve a pivotal role as biodiversity hotspots and provide ecosystem services securing human livelihood. However, climate change is expected to affect the species composition of forest ecosystems, lead to forest type transitions and trigger irrecoverable losses…

McManamay, R. A., Vernon, C. R., & Jager, H. I. (2021). Global Biodiversity Implications of Alternative Electrification Strategies Under the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways. Biological Conservation, 109234. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109234 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109234

Addressing climate mitigation while meeting global electrification goals will require major transitions from fossil-fuel dependence to large-scale renewable energy deployment. However, renewables require significant land assets per unit energy and could come at high cost to ecosystems, creating pote…

Lopes, A., Demarchi, L. O., Franco, A. C., Ferreira, A. B., Ferreira, C. S., Wittmann, F., … Piedade, M. T. F. (2021). Predicting the potential distribution of aquatic herbaceous plants in oligotrophic Central Amazonian wetland ecosystems. Acta Botanica Brasilica. doi:10.1590/0102-33062020abb0188 https://doi.org/10.1590/0102-33062020abb0188

Aquatic herbaceous plants are especially suitable for mapping environmental variability in wetlands, as they respond quickly to environmental gradients and are good indicators of habitat preference. We describe the composition of herbaceous species in two oligotrophic wetland ecosystems, floodplains…

Aidoo, O. F., Cunze, S., Guimapi, R. A., Arhin, L., Ablormeti, F. K., Tettey, E., … Yankey, N. (2021). Lethal yellowing disease: insights from predicting potential distribution under different climate change scenarios. Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection. doi:10.1007/s41348-021-00488-1 https://doi.org/10.1007/s41348-021-00488-1

Coconut is recognized for its popularity in contributing to food and nutritional security. It generates income and helps to improve rural livelihood. However, these benefits are constrained by lethal yellowing disease (LYD). A clear understanding of climate suitable areas for disease invasion is ess…

Covarrubias, S., Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, C., Rojas-Soto, O., Hernández-Guzmán, R., & González, C. (2021). Functional connectivity of an endemic tree frog in a highly threatened tropical dry forest in Mexico. Écoscience, 1–17. doi:10.1080/11956860.2021.1921935 https://doi.org/10.1080/11956860.2021.1921935

The increase in anthropogenic activities that lead to fragmentation and habitat loss, could result in a reduction of connectivity among habitat patches of terrestrial species. We used ecological niche models, circuit and graph theories to evaluate functional connectivity among home-range patches and…