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The dispersal of rodent-borne strains of Aphanoascus keratinophilus and Chrysosporium tropicum by pellets of predatory birds

Posted on 18. December, 2017.

Pathogenic species of yeast, yeast-like fungi and moulds have been recovered from faeces, feathers, beaks and cloacae as well as pellets of species of migratory and sedentary birds. Bird pellets, in particular pellets of predatory birds, are an especially suitable model for studies of circulation routes of dermatophytes and other keratinophilic fungi as they contain undigested food remains, which are rich in keratin (e.g. feathers, fur). 


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Puffincam returns!

Posted on 21. June, 2012.

RSPB’s popular Shetland Puffincam is back. The birds have returned, the nest is ready, all that is needed now is an egg in the puffin burrow at Sumburgh Head RSPB reserve. RSPB Scotland is urging virtual visitors to help them monitor a pair of breeding puffins. The birds look set to be the stars of this year’s live webcam footage, which lifts the lid on the secret lives of this colourful species as they attempt to raise their young.


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Joint Iraqi, UK team set to work on major new conservation initiative in Iraq

Posted on 20. June, 2012.

Thanks to a £300,000 grant from Defra’s Darwin Initiative, a major new three year conservation programme is starting in Iraq. Focusing on the mountainous region of Kurdistan the project will involve experts from  BirdLife International and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), in partnership with Nature Iraq.


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US birds threatened by mining claim markers

Posted on 20. June, 2012.

The US Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, and the American Bird Conservancy have begun identifying and implementing solutions to prevent bird deaths from open PVC mining claim markers. The American Bird Conservatory estimates that the markers account for more than a million bird deaths per year.


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Bulletin highlights success in recovering endangered bird populations

Posted on 20. June, 2012.

The April–May-June 2012 edition of the Endangered Species Bulletin highlights the work the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners are doing to conserve endangered bird species and the habitats they depend on.


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Indian Ocean Tuna Commission to protect albatrosses

Posted on 19. June, 2012.

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has agreed to measures that, if appropriately implemented by tuna longline fishing vessels, will result in significant reductions in albatross mortality.


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UK to improve implementation of the Habitats and Wild Birds Directives

Posted on 19. June, 2012.

A new UK cross-Government unit is to be set up to help developers deliver large infrastructure projects that promote sustainable development by supporting growth and protecting valued habitats and species, according to Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.


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Bird flu affects Bangladesh DOC production

Posted on 19. June, 2012.

The avian influenza outbreaks in Bangladesh at the end of 2011 have taken their toll on the domestic agriculture sector. As well as poultry farms, the disease ravaged a number of breeding farms and thus production of day-old chicks (DOC) of both broilers and layers slumped this year, according to WorldPoultry.net.


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FAO Food Outlook: poultry production and trade on the rise

Posted on 18. June, 2012.

The FAO has released its biannual Food Outlook, which reports that poultry meat production in 2012 is forecast to increase by 1.8% from 2011 estimates to 103.5 million tonnes. Poultry meat trade is to increase by 31% to 13 million tonnes. Most of the growth will be from Asia, primarily China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Turkey.


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