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Widespread polytypic species or complexes of local species? Revising bumblebees of the subgenus Melanobombus world-wide (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Bombus)
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For the most widespread and variable species-complexes, the revised species improve the match to the patterns expected of species, both for genetic divergence-with-distance and for sympatry, leading to three main inferences.
Streamlining universal single‐copy orthologue and ultraconserved element design: A case study in Collembola
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This study demonstrates the feasibility of generating thousands of universal markers from highly efficient whole‐genome sequencing, providing a valuable resource for genome‐scale investigations in evolutionary biology and ecology.
International scientists formulate a roadmap for insect conservation and recovery
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A global ‘roadmap’ for insect conservation and recovery is proposed that entails the immediate implementation of several ‘no-regret’ measures that will act to slow or stop insect declines.
Horizon Scan of the Belt and Road Initiative.
Three questions: How can taxonomists survive and thrive worldwide?
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How best to modernize taxonomy, how to improve taxonomy in developing countries, and how taxonomists can better interface with other fields to better science as a whole are discussed.
The First Draft Genome of the Plasterer Bee Colletes gigas (Hymenoptera: Colletidae: Colletes)
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A high-quality draft genome for C. gigas lays the foundation for insights on the biology and behavior of this species, including its evolutionary history, nesting biology, and interactions with the plant Ca.
Working landscapes need at least 20% native habitat
International agreements aim to conserve 17% of Earth's land area by 2020 but include no area‐based conservation targets within the working landscapes that support human needs through farming,
Sampling biases shape our view of the natural world
A review and updated classification of pollen gathering behavior in bees (Hymenoptera, Apoidea)
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This classification sets the groundwork for further research on various topics, including behavioral plasticity in different species, comparisons between generalists and specialists, and the relative effectiveness of different pollen gathering behaviors.
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