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- Scientists create a digital database of biodiversity
Valuable specimens of flora and fauna from natural collections, bibliographic sources and archival collections, which are in the resources of Polish scientific institutions, will soon be digitized and available. The data collected under the IMBIO project, led by the University of Warsaw, covers all life forms with a cell nucleus ( Eukaryota ). The implementation of the project, coordinated by Dr. Piotr Tykarski from the University of Warsaw, involves 18 scientific partners, cooperating with each other within the National Biodiversity Information Network (KSIB). The digital collection will include only organisms characteristic of Poland or also of the world?
- Protection of rare and endangered species of flora
The importance of plants for humans cannot be overestimated. They are present directly or indirectly in almost every area of life. Meanwhile, the richness of their diversity is deteriorating at an alarming rate, mainly due to anthropogenic pressure. It is estimated that one in four species in the world is threatened with extinction in their natural habitats. In Poland, a similar percentage of the threat to our native flora is observed. Initiatives are taken that cover different levels of biodiversity organization, from genetic to species to ecosystem. These initiatives are based on tools specialized in a given direction and to a large extent are related to an institution or organization operating in a given area of natural resource protection.
- Tree surgeons - knowledge and practice
Preserving the natural heritage is a priority in nursing and treatment activities carried out by specialists from the Polish Society of Tree Surgeons of the Supreme Technical Organization. For over 30 years, members of this organization have shared a common passion to restore the health and well-being of nature monuments and other trees that are mutilated, weakened and plagued by pests. They listen to the rhythm of their lives, diagnose and undertake the necessary treatments.
- Polish biologists have discovered a new genus and species of cyanobacteria
Not only a new species, but also a completely new type - i.e. a taxonomically higher unit - of cyanobacteria was discovered by a team of scientists led by Polish researcher Prof. dr hab. Iwona Jasser from the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Biology. This cyanosis species, unlike any previously known species, lives in the geothermal spring of the East Pamir Mountains (Tajikistan). According to its discoverers, it may turn out to be not only a new evolutionary line of cyanobacteria, but also a potential producer of valuable bioactive substances. An article about the new organism - and others isolated from geothermal environments in Iceland, Poland, Greece and Tajikistan - appeared in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution ”. The results described in the publication concern research conducted by three different teams.