Extinction of mammals and the future of palms


The loss of large mammalian frugivores as seed dispersers in tropical ecosystems will have severe consequences for rainforest plants such as palms.

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Trait evolution of tropical plants


The evolution of fruit colour, fruit size and spines in palms is associated, suggesting that animal species which consume both fruits and leaves (e.g. megafauna) are favouring the simultaneous evolution of fruit and defensive traits in tropical plants.

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18 million EUR for biodiversity infrastructure in the Netherlands


The Dutch Research Council (NWO) and four scientific institutes will invest together 18 million EUR for identifying and monitoring all multicellular flora and fauna in the Netherlands.

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