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Farne am Küsnachtertobel

Biodiversity is steadily decreasing in Switzerland. Steps must be taken to protect it so that ecosystems can continue to provide such valuable services as ensuring that soils remain stable and fertile. At WSL we have been developing a scientific basis for monitoring and enhancing biodiversity.

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European springtime temperature benefits Alpine ibex vitality
Ibex horn growth

16.12.2013: Alpine ibex populations seemt to benefit from climate change. This is the conclusion of a new study published on Ecology Letters.

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Monitoring the Effectiveness of Habitat Conservation in Switzerland
Habitat Conservation

The project "Monitoring the effectiveness of habitat conservation in Switzerland" has been initiated by the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN to study whether habitats of national importance (dry meadows and pastures, bogs and fens, alluvial zones, amphibian spawning areas) are developing according to conservation targets. For this, a long-term monitoring project is established.

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Landscape genetics: making the invisible visible
Landscape genetics

Landscape genetics combines landscape ecology and population genetics, enabling connections to be made between the dispersal of plants and animals on the one hand and landscape elements that act as barriers or corridors on the other. Landscape genetics therefore provides a relevant basis for the planning and implementation of nature conservation measures.

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Second edition of „Data Analysis in Vegetation Ecology“
Data Analysis - Second Edition

13.05.2013: Is the plant cover of the earth determined by environmental factors, by evolutionary processes or by human influence? Using various real-life examples this book explains how data analysis and subsequent interpretation can help to find answers. Second amplified edition.

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