Navigation Links
Modern EU agriculture jeopardizes biodiversity in new member states
Date:5/26/2011

This release is available in German.

Sighişoara/Leipzig. Traditional agricultural practices can make a major contribution to preserving biodiversity in the EU's new member states in Central and Eastern Europe. By contrast, the construction of roads and the intensification of agriculture currently encouraged by EU farming subsidies pose a threat to amphibians. The rich natural environment still extant in many accession countries is under threat, according to scientists writing in the journal Biological Conservation.

The researchers from Romania, Germany and the Netherlands investigated amphibians for their study in the Romanian province of Transylvania. They spent nine years studying the populations of various species of newts, frogs and toads in 54 ponds and related their performance to nearby land use.

All in all, the scientists found 10 amphibian species in the surveyed ponds, including EU-wide protected species like the Great Crested Newt and the Yellow Bellied Toad. Statistical evaluation revealed that roads had the biggest impact on their populations. Other factors like the size of ponds, building development, farmland, pasture, woodland and marshlands proved to be far less important. "Roads have a direct negative effect on many species of amphibians, which can get run over by cars. But roads also have an indirect impact, for example by the destruction and isolation of the critical habitats for amphibians such as breeding, summering and overwintering habitats" explained Dr Tibor Hartel from Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (Romania).

The study area was the "Saxon area" of Southern Transylvania along the Trnava Mare basin in Romania. The agriculture is still largely traditional in this region, sometimes with little changes through the centuries. The landscape is dominated by pasture and deciduous forest, while the arabl
'/>"/>

Contact: Tilo Arnhold
presse@ufz.de
49-341-235-1635
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Mummies tell history of a modern plague
2. Low-cost molecular medicine should be included in modern eye physicians tool kit
3. Living dinosaurs: The evolutionary history of modern birds
4. Paleontologists audition modern examples of ancient behavior
5. Ancient teeth raise new questions about the origins of modern man
6. 40-year-old test procedure finds modern niche in developing new medicines
7. The brains of Neanderthals and modern humans developed differently
8. Modern humans emerged far earlier than previously thought
9. Scripps Research study challenges conventional theory of modern drug design
10. New book reviews ancient and modern worlds of RNA
11. Cactus genes connect modern Mexico to its prehistoric past
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Modern EU agriculture jeopardizes biodiversity in new member states
(Date:8/27/2014)... willing to pay a premium for fruits, vegetables and ... the label claims is another matter. Now scientists studying ... to make sure farms are labelling their produce appropriately. ... Agricultural and Food Chemistry , could help prevent organic ... Food Safety Authority and the Wuerzburg University note that ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... studies have shown that excessive iron is ... disease. Previous studies from Chunyan Guo and ... have shown that baicalin prevented iron accumulation ... transporter 1 expression, and increased ferroportin 1 ... Parkinson,s disease rats. However, the relationship between ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... of Warwick research finds , Gamblers show the ... new research has shown. , Researchers, led by Dr ... Psychology, conducted tests that found that both human gamblers ... high-value than low-value rewards. , Published in Biology ... show the important role that memories of previous biggest ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Gamblers are greedy bird-brains, University of Warwick research finds 2
... Unlike most of our sensory systems that detect only one ... detecting both chemical and mechanical stimuli to improve how we ... in the March issue of Nature Neuroscience. , This ... reaction in olfactory nerve cells, which control how our brain ...
... the University of Liverpool have found how two molecules fight ... , Researchers discovered that a large protein, which forms a ... secondary tumours, is attacked by a small protein that exists ... breast, lung and colorectal cancer, infected cells lose growth control ...
... onset of type 1 diabetes in mice prone to ... on the surface of immune T-cells. According to the ... January issue of the journal Diabetes, have significant implications ... More than 700,000 Americans have type 1 diabetes, an ...
Cached Biology News:Penn study on olfactory nerve cells shows why we smell better when we sniff 2Scientists discover how body fights to control spread of cancer 2Antibody therapy prevents type 1 diabetes in mice 2
(Date:8/28/2014)... Earlier this month, a report was created by ... Air Force on the performance of vehicles using an ... of fuel made from mustard seeds, offered great potential ... Eco friendly future. In fact, every branch of the ... of foreign oil over the next few years. They ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... Austin, TX (PRWEB) August 27, 2014 ... $6 million in Series B funding and secured Otter ... and investment capital will accelerate commercialization of GGI’s Agriplier™ ... multiple crop types. , “Since our first meeting, ... commitment to the biological product space,” said Alan Sobba, ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... is how plants survive impact by the huge ... while using this energy for photosynthesis. The hypothesis ... blades quickly dissipate the energy throughout the entire ... DTU Physics have now managed to successfully ,film, ... contain light-absorbing proteins which play a role in ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... MADISON, N.J. , Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... significant potential to help physicians better identify early-stage ... progression and disability, according to a new study ... from Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX ) ... of the 14-3-3eta protein outperformed conventional antibody-serum testing, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Can Small Farmers and a New Seed Based Biofuel “Green” the World? Major Universities and Even the U.S. Air Force Seem to Think So 2Can Small Farmers and a New Seed Based Biofuel “Green” the World? Major Universities and Even the U.S. Air Force Seem to Think So 3Can Small Farmers and a New Seed Based Biofuel “Green” the World? Major Universities and Even the U.S. Air Force Seem to Think So 4Can Small Farmers and a New Seed Based Biofuel “Green” the World? Major Universities and Even the U.S. Air Force Seem to Think So 5Green & Grow Inc. Secures $6M Series B Funding from Otter Capital 2Green & Grow Inc. Secures $6M Series B Funding from Otter Capital 3DTU researchers film protein quake for the first time 2Novel Biomarker Detects Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Better than Conventional Methods Alone, According to Journal of Rheumatology Study 2Novel Biomarker Detects Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Better than Conventional Methods Alone, According to Journal of Rheumatology Study 3Novel Biomarker Detects Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Better than Conventional Methods Alone, According to Journal of Rheumatology Study 4
... CRY ), a,biomaterials, medical device and tissue processing ... the FBR Capital Markets Annual,Spring Investor Conference, Thursday, May ... City., Steven G. Anderson, president and chief executive ... Time., CryoLife,s live presentation may be accessed through ...
... May 28 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AMAG,Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ... SSRX ), a,leading Chinese biotechnology company, ... commercialization agreement for ferumoxytol, an intravenous,iron replacement ... deficiency,anemia in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients., ...
... May 27 CellCyte Genetics,Corporation (CellCyte) (OTC ... provide shareholders, potential investors and journalists,with accurate ... Room powered Web site: http://www.cellcyte.com ... or sources for stories from,CellCyte can access ...
Cached Biology Technology:CryoLife to Present at FBR Capital Markets Annual Spring Investor Conference 2AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and 3SBio, Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership to Develop and Commercialize Ferumoxytol in China 2AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and 3SBio, Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership to Develop and Commercialize Ferumoxytol in China 3