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Majure, L. C., Blankenship, A., Grinage, A., & Noa-Monzón, A. (2021). Castela (Simaroubaceae), an impressive New World radiation of thorny shrubs destined for edaphically dry habitats. Brazilian Journal of Botany. doi:10.1007/s40415-021-00742-8 https://doi.org/10.1007/s40415-021-00742-8

Castela Turpin is composed of 16 known species and is found throughout edaphically dry zones across the American continents from the Sonoran Desert to the southern South American Chaco biogeographic region and Caribbean seasonally dry tropical forests (SDTF). Castela is most diverse in the SDTF of t…

Baumbach, L., Warren, D. L., Yousefpour, R., & Hanewinkel, M. (2021). Climate change may induce connectivity loss and mountaintop extinction in Central American forests. Communications Biology, 4(1). doi:10.1038/s42003-021-02359-9 https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-021-02359-9

The tropical forests of Central America serve a pivotal role as biodiversity hotspots and provide ecosystem services securing human livelihood. However, climate change is expected to affect the species composition of forest ecosystems, lead to forest type transitions and trigger irrecoverable losses…

Lopes, A., Demarchi, L. O., Franco, A. C., Ferreira, A. B., Ferreira, C. S., Wittmann, F., … Piedade, M. T. F. (2021). Predicting the potential distribution of aquatic herbaceous plants in oligotrophic Central Amazonian wetland ecosystems. Acta Botanica Brasilica. doi:10.1590/0102-33062020abb0188 https://doi.org/10.1590/0102-33062020abb0188

Aquatic herbaceous plants are especially suitable for mapping environmental variability in wetlands, as they respond quickly to environmental gradients and are good indicators of habitat preference. We describe the composition of herbaceous species in two oligotrophic wetland ecosystems, floodplains…

Roberts, J., & Florentine, S. (2021). Biology, distribution and control of the invasive species Ulex europaeus (Gorse): A global synthesis of current and future management challenges and research gaps. Weed Research. doi:10.1111/wre.12491 https://doi.org/10.1111/wre.12491

Ulex europaeus (Gorse) is one of the most invasive shrubs in the world, being now found in more than 50 countries where it economically and environmentally degrades the land. This highly versatile shrub can live more than 30 years and produce over 18,000 fertile seeds annually that can remain viable…

Gomides, S. C., Machado, T. M., Evangelista‐Vale, J. C., Martins‐Oliveira, A. T., Pires‐Oliveira, J. C., Muller, A., … Eisenlohr, P. V. (2021). Assessing species reintroduction sites based on future climate suitability for food resources. Conservation Biology. doi:10.1111/cobi.13796 https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13796

The reintroduction of a species that is extinct in the wild demands caution because reintroduction locations may be associated with threats, such as hunting, poor-quality habitat, and climate change. This is the case for Cyanopsitta spixii (Spix's Macaw), which has been extinct in the wild since 200…

De Oliveira, M. H. V., Torke, B. M., & Almeida, T. E. (2021). An inventory of the ferns and lycophytes of the Lower Tapajós River Basin in the Brazilian Amazon reveals collecting biases, sampling gaps, and previously undocumented diversity. Brittonia. doi:10.1007/s12228-021-09668-7 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12228-021-09668-7

Ferns and lycophytes are an excellent group for conservation and species distribution studies because they are closely related to environmental changes. In this study, we analyzed collection gaps, sampling biases, richness distribution, and the species conservation effectiveness of protected areas i…

Wilson, O. J., Mayle, F. E., Walters, R. J., Lingner, D. V., & Vibrans, A. C. (2021). Floristic change in Brazil’s Southern Atlantic forest biodiversity hotspot: From the last glacial maximum to the late 21st century. Quaternary Science Reviews, 264, 107005. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.107005 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.107005

Brazil's Atlantic Forest biome is one of the world's biodiversity hotspots, whose heterogeneous ecosystems are threatened by habitat loss and climate change. Palaeoecological research can provide essential context for the impacts of anthropogenic climate change in the 21st Century and beyond, but ex…

Yudaputra, A., Fijridiyanto, I. A., Astuti, I. P., Zulkarnaen, R. N., Yuswandi, A., Witono, J. R., & Yuzammi, . (2021). Geographic Distribution Shift of Invasive Plant Austroeupatorium inulifolium in the Future Climate Projection. Annual Research & Review in Biology, 38–47. doi:10.9734/arrb/2021/v36i530373 https://doi.org/10.9734/arrb/2021/v36i530373

Aims: This study aims to predict the future geographic distribution shift of invasive plant species Austroeupathorium inulifolium as the impact of global climate change. Study Design: The rising temperature and precipitation change lead to the geographic distribution shift of organisms. A. inulifol…

Kriticos, D. J., Ireland, K. B., Morin, L., Kumaran, N., Rafter, M. A., Ota, N., & Raghu, S. (2021). Integrating ecoclimatic niche modelling methods into classical biological control programmes. Biological Control, 160, 104667. doi:10.1016/j.biocontrol.2021.104667 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocontrol.2021.104667

Much of the success of a classical biological control programme hinges on identifying effective candidate agents, and once approved for release deploying them in the range invaded by the target organism at site-specific times of the year when they have the best chance of establishing. While suitable…

Scherrer, D., Esperon‐Rodriguez, M., Beaumont, L. J., Barradas, V. L., & Guisan, A. (2021). National assessments of species vulnerability to climate change strongly depend on selected data sources. Diversity and Distributions. doi:10.1111/ddi.13275 https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.13275

Aim: Correlative species distribution models (SDMs) are among the most frequently used tools for conservation planning under climate and land use changes. Conservation-focused climate change studies are often conducted on a national or local level and can use different sources of occurrence records …