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First Detections of Culiseta longiareolata (Diptera: Culicidae) in Belgium and the Netherlands

Added on: 2021-09-03 14:19:31 by Tavernier, Annelies
Between 2017 and 2020, larvae, pupae, and adults of Culiseta longiareolata were found at distinct locations in Belgium and the Netherlands. A potential vector of bird pathogens. ...

Porifera editors participated in the very first online organised WoRMS-LifeWatch editor workshop

Added on: 2021-08-04 18:12:19 by Vandepitte, Leen
In the week of June 7th 2021, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) – host of Aphia, the online platform behind WoRMS and its many sub-registered – organized the very first online editor workshop, in which 13 Porifera-editors enthusiastically participated. ...

Coordinating the observation of biodiversity in the sea: a new collaboration

Added on: 2021-07-12 09:31:20 by Tavernier, Annelies
The Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON), the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), and the SCAR Antarctic Biodiversity Portal share a common vision on the building and coordination of a global ocean biodiversity observation system. The common goal is to systematically assess the state and trends in the ocean’s biodiversity, including biological resources and ecosystems, and how these will change in the future. ...

PhD research reveals wild boar behaviour

Added on: 2021-07-08 14:35:08 by Tavernier, Annelies
Jolien Wevers successfully defended her PhD research on wild boar and roe deer ecology in a human-dominated landscape at Hasselt University. ...

Southern Ocean UN Decade - ‘The science we need for the ocean we want’

Added on: 2021-07-05 11:52:17 by Tavernier, Annelies
We are at the start of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health. The initiative aims to globally strengthen the international cooperation needed to develop the scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society. ...

World Strepsiptera Database launched!

Added on: 2021-07-01 09:18:09 by Vandepitte, Leen
A world list of Strepsiptera – twisted-wing parasitoids – is now accessible through their very own portal, as part of Aphia, the platform behind the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). The World Strepsiptera Database currently contains 605 accepted species, and will be updated to catch up with newly described species in the last 5 years. ...

Awardees for the 2021 WoRMS Achievement & Early Career Researchers Award known

Added on: 2021-06-24 09:33:20 by Poffyn, Gizem
This year, the WoRMS Achievement Award goes to Chad Walter, and the WoRMS Early Career Researchers Award was granted to Ralf Cordeiro. ...

Big Five conservation measures for diadromous fish

Added on: 2021-06-16 09:26:47 by Tavernier, Annelies
Five years of fish tracking research using the LifeWatch fish acoustic receiver network has generated key insights in how to save diadromous fish species from historically low numbers. ...

WoRMS is being honored with new genus

Added on: 2021-06-14 14:52:04 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
For the first time, a genus has been named after WoRMS: Wormsina. ...

Join the webinar about the importance and interest of e-taxonomy

Added on: 2021-06-02 13:21:05 by Tavernier, Annelies
On the 23rd of June, the Antarctic Biodiversity Portal organizes the online webinar ‘availability and digitization of identification keys for the Southern Ocean’. Registrations are restricted. ...

New version of ETN database online

Added on: 2021-05-28 09:50:53 by Tavernier, Annelies
Acoustic telemetry data were already available. But now the ETN database also allow the upload of (meta)data linked to archival tags and acoustic-data-storage tags (ADST). ...

MarineRegions Exclusive Economic Zones now featured as essential map on MarineTraffic.com

Added on: 2021-05-04 13:51:22 by Tavernier, Annelies
An important dataset from MarineRegions (LifeWatch Belgium) is integrated in MarineTraffic.com and helps to improve the experience of millions of users on a monthly basis. ...

Flanders supported research data infrastructures played key role in UN Ocean report

Added on: 2021-04-27 14:17:18 by Vandepitte, Leen
On 21 April 2021, the United Nations launched the Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA 2) on the state of the world’s ocean, covering environmental, economic and social aspects. ...

Aphia now compliant with the new Catalogue of Life Data Package (COLDP) format and exporting several WoRMS subregisters

Added on: 2021-04-16 09:52:06 by Vandepitte, Leen
From now onwards, the Aphia infrastructure is capable of exporting several of its sub-registers to the Catalogue of Life (COL) in their new Data Package format. This new format was developed to overcome some of the limitations in currently used formats. ...

VLIZ recruits: Researcher Marine Observation Centre

Added on: 2021-04-13 16:50:49 by Tavernier, Annelies
Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is looking for a researcher to join its LifeWatch Marine Observation Centre immediately. ...

Satellites can detect mowing events in grasslands

Added on: 2021-04-08 09:56:55 by Tavernier, Annelies
Grasslands encompass vast and diverse ecosystems that provide food, wildlife habitat and carbon storage. Mowing dates and frequencies are major aspects of grassland use intensity, which have an impact on their ecological value as habitats. ...

New Belgian antenna station in the MOTUS Wildlife Tracking System

Added on: 2021-04-02 10:05:49 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Did you know that bats live along our coast? Moreover, some bat populations travel long distances (sometimes up to 1500 km) and can even fly across the North Sea to the British Isles and vice versa. ...

World Kinorhyncha Database launched!

Added on: 2021-03-29 16:50:13 by Poffyn, Gizem
The Kinorhyncha are now accessible through their own portal, as part of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). This World Database contains over 300 accepted names of extant species and is one of the most complete existing resources for Kinorhyncha taxa. ...

WoRMS press release: Ten remarkable new marine species from 2020

Added on: 2021-03-18 16:08:31 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
As for previous years, the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) has again released the annual list of the top-ten marine species described by researchers during the year 2020 to coincide with World Taxonomist Appreciation day - March 19th! ...

Baltic tellin most common bivalve at the fourth Belgian Big Seashell Survey

Added on: 2021-03-17 13:08:01 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Oostende (2021.03.17) - The Big Seashell Survey 2021 - a unique citizen science initiative on Belgian beaches that took place last Sunday 14 March - was a top edition! The Baltic tellin accounted for almost 30% of all shells found, followed by the cut trough shell (23%) and the common cockle (19%). Two-thirds of all Baltic tellins was found as whole shells, composed of two hinged parts of valves, indicating a recent death, possibly due to the stormy conditions during the past weeks. ...

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