Biodiversity in a changing world
Biodiversity comprises the variety of life in all of its forms from the past to the present, animals, plants and a variety of micro-organisms. With taxonomy, a discipline and strength of all institutions of natural history, we study the three main levels of biodiversity (genes and genomes, populations and species, communities and ecosystems) and this in the three major habitat realms (terrestrial, freshwater and marine).
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More than 30 new sponge species discovered in Peru
A zoologist from the Institute of Natural Sciences, together with a Brazilian colleague, has documented the sponge diversity of Peru: 86 species, of which 31 were recently described by them, in all shapes and colors.
Invasive alien species: how to tackle one of the five main causes of the biodiversity crisis?
The Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published a new report, provides an overview of the latest data, analysis and options regarding invasive alien species and their control.