Navigation Links
Scientists find amazing new pondlife on nature reserve

One year in to a project to save one of the UK's top sites for pondlife, amazing new species are being revealed for the first time.

Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London working with Dorset Wildlife Trust have discovered an astonishing variety of minute aquatic organisms, so small as to be invisible to the naked eye.

East Stoke Fen nature reserve is coming under the microscope of scientists from Queen Marys' School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, based at the Freshwater Biological Association's River Laboratory. They have already found over 30 species of invertebrates smaller than half a millimetre (so called meiofauna) and over 100 single-celled species (ciliates) in less than two months.

The reserve's reed fen, on the floodplain of the River Frome near Wool, is a rare and declining habitat in Dorset. Now, with funding from the Esme Fairbairn Foundation, the Wet Fens Project is being launched to study 'cryptic biodiversity' (biodiversity invisible to the naked eye) and raise awareness so that it can be protected in pond and fen management.

Dr Genoveva Esteban of Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, said: "Cryptic biodiversity helps natural ecosystems to bounce back in response to environmental change. The Wet Fens Project in partnership with Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Freshwater Biological Association is pioneer work in the UK, to link research with conservation practice with the aim of incorporating small organisms into wetland conservation management. Local biodiversity conservation will become all-embracing by covering the full range of aquatic organisms that contribute to the proper functioning of an ecosystem not just those judged as 'charismatic'."

Dr Rachel Janes, Dorset Wildlife Trust's Pond Project Co-ordinator, said: "It is very exciting to learn about these incredible animals on our reserve, thanks to the work of the scientific team. The Wet Fens Project will help to protect them for the future, alongside the more visible aquatic wildlife."

The Wet Fens Project will be launched this month at a seminar to celebrate the first year of the 2-year Purbeck Important Ponds Project, which was launched in January 2009 by Dorset Wildlife Trust and funded by Biffaward, - a multi-million pound environment fund which utilises landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services, the Environment Agency and the Dorset AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), to safeguard one of the UK's foremost regions for pond biodiversity. Purbeck ponds are an aquatic hotspot for wildlife, including nearly all of the known British dragonfly species as well as the rare great crested newt.


Contact: Simon Levey
Queen Mary, University of London

Related biology news :

1. New spider species discovered by University of Haifa scientists
2. Eminent group of scientists call for moratorium on issuance of mountaintop mining permits
3. CSHL scientists uncover role of protein critical for activating DNA replication
4. Scientists breakthrough in production of biofuels
5. Scientists create early-warning system to defend rare Jersey cows from continental disease
6. New discovery by Harvard scientists aims to correct cellular defects leading to diabetes
7. Scripps Florida scientists show lifeless prions capable of evolutionary change and adaptation
8. Tarantula venom-based MD therapy to be advanced by UB scientists biotech company
9. Rice scientists divide and conquer
10. Johns Hopkins scientists discover a controller of brain circuitry
11. UCLA scientists find molecular switch to prevent Huntingtons disease in mice
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/29/2015)... 2015 NXTD ) ("NXT-ID" ... on the growing mobile commerce market and creator ... a leading marketplace to discover and buy innovative ... wallet on StackSocial for this holiday season.   ... "Company"), a biometric authentication company focused on the ...
(Date:10/27/2015)... -- In the present market scenario, security is one ... verticals such as banking, healthcare, defense, electronic gadgets, and ... secure & simplified access control and growing rate of ... bank accounts, misuse of users, , and so on. ... and smartphones are expected to provide potential opportunities for ...
(Date:10/27/2015)... Oct. 27, 2015 Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA ... that Google has adopted the Synaptics ® ClearPad ... to power its newest flagship smartphones, the Nexus 5X ... --> --> Synaptics ... provide strategic collaboration in the joint development of next ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... relationship marketing company specializing in scientifically backed, age-defying products, is featured as ... which highlights the exponential success and unrivaled opportunities that Nerium provides. Success ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 ... ... its annual global meeting this month and Dr. J. Kyle Mathews ... worldwide.” This includes the new single site hysterectomy. , An experienced urogynecologist, founder ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... , ... Global Stem Cells Group announced that its scientific team ... isolating adipose-derived stem cells. The announcement starts a new phase toward launching the simple, ... component of the lipoaspirate obtained from liposuction of excess adipose tissue. , Lipoaspirate, ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - BioAmber Inc. (NYSE: BIOA ), ... joined the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, alongside more ... standing with the Obama Administration to demonstrate an ongoing commitment ... outcome to the COP21 Paris climate ... Sarnia, Canada . --> BioAmber ...
Breaking Biology Technology: