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SYKE - Finnish Environment Institute (Finland)DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University (Denmark)EC JRC IES - European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability (Italy)IRSTEA - National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (France)CEH - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (United Kingdom)Alterra Wageningen UR (The Netherlands)UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany)CIENS - Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Researchpeer


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Parasite species may not be as abundant as currently predicted
14 April 2014, JRC - IES
IES scientist Giovanni Strona is the first author of an article recently published in the International Journal for Parasitology on the assessment of parasite biodiversity. The article adapts accumulation curves to the study of global parasite species richness. The results of this new method suggest that current predictions are likely to severely overestimate global parasite diversity.

Well-advanced winter crops would now welcome rain
14 April 2014, JRC - IES
The latest MARS Crop Monitoring in Europe Bulletin, published today, finds that the exceptionally mild spring conditions throughout Europe advanced winter cereal development, and that prospects are generally good.

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UK Soil Observatory launched
11 April 2014, Soils, Forests and Agriculture, CEH
The UK Soil Observatory (UKSO), launched on 10 April in London, is a ‘big data’ initiative that provides a portal for unified UK soils data and information.


20 years of ECN monitoring
03 April 2014, Climate Change, CEH
The UK Environmental Change Network has been monitoing at its terrestrial sites for 20 years. A symposium on 12-13 May will report on the environmental changes we have observed over the last two decades and ask how ECN should develop to meet future challenges.

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Celebrating 50 years of the Biological Records Centre
02 April 2014, Biodiversity and Land Use, CEH
A symposium will be held in Bath, UK, from 27 to 29 June 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Biological Records Centre. The symposium will review the causes of change in species distributions and consider opportunities for biological recording presented by scientific and technological developments. The symposium will include a field visit to Salisbury Plain.