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The measurement of soil fungal:bacterial biomass ratios as an indicator of ecosystem self-regulation in temperate meadow grasslands
It is recommended that following the reinstatement of low-input management, the measurement of a significant increase in the soil fungal:bacterial biomass ratio, and perhaps total microbial biomass, may be an indicator of successful conversion to a grassland system reliant of self-regulation. Expand
Novel Virus Discovery and Genome Reconstruction from Field RNA Samples Reveals Highly Divergent Viruses in Dipteran Hosts
It is clear that viral transmission and maintenance cycles in nature are likely to be significantly more complex and taxonomically diverse than previously expected. Expand
Ethics in zoos
Some historical attitudes to captive wild animals are described and the development of the WAZA Code of Ethics in 1999 is reported on. Expand
Environmental drivers of parasite load and species richness in introduced parakeets in an urban landscape
The importance of host population density and habitat composition in shaping the role of introduced parakeets in the spread of both native and introduced parasites is highlighted, recommending the monitoring of urban populations of birds and their parasites to assess and manage the potential occurrence of parasite-mediated competition dynamics as well as potential spread of vector-borne diseases. Expand
Systematics of Anopheles barbirostris van der Wulp and a sibling species of the Barbirostris Complex (Diptera: Culicidae) in eastern Java, Indonesia
This study provides the first integrated morphological and molecular characterization of Anopheles barbirostris van der Wulp, the nominotypical member of the Barbirostris Complex of malaria vectorsExpand
Malaria and the Anopheles Mosquitoes of Tajikistan
ABSTRACT: Surveys of Anopheles mosquitoes were conducted in urban, rural, and natural areas of Tajikistan to obtain updated information on their distributions, especially in southern districts ofExpand
A minimally morphologically destructive approach for DNA retrieval and whole genome shotgun sequencing of pinned historic Dipteran vector species
A combined method that minimizes morphological damage while maximizing the retrieval of DNA from dry pinned Diptera species and the importance of tissue rehydration, gentle DNA lysis buffer incubation, and critical point drying to restore collapsed tissues is identified. Expand
Bothaella manhi, a new species of tribe Aedini (Diptera: Culicidae) from the Cuc Phuong National Park of Vietnam based on morphology and DNA sequence.
The adults, pupa and fourth-instar larva are characterized, the male genitalia and the two immature stages are illustrated and DNA sequence data are included for regions coding for sections of the COI and COII genes (mtDNA). Expand
Review of Marmasoma White with lectotype designation of M. sumptuosum White and an identification key to the Australasian/Oceanian genera of Ecliminae (Diptera, Bombyliidae).
The bombyliid genus Marmasoma White, the only known species of the genus, is studied and a lectotype and paralectotypes are designated and the main characters of the external morphology of adults are illustrated and photographed, including male and female genitalia. Expand