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Bruce Jennings
We live amidst the sixth great extinction of life on Earth, and we live under the sign of molecular biology and biotechnology. An ethical maxim that is well-nigh universally acknowledged holds that with great power comes great moral responsibility. For those who accept the science and embrace the responsibility, there are two rather different kinds of moral vision and moral imagination at work. Detractors of biotechnology say that we should see ourselves as creaturely good citizens of the biotic community, accepting and accommodating what evolutionary natural selection has bequeathed to us, warts and all...
July 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724732/integrating-regulatory-surveys-and-citizen-science-to-map-outbreaks-of-forest-diseases-acute-oak-decline-in-england-and-wales
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Nathan Brown, Frank van den Bosch, Stephen Parnell, Sandra Denman
The number of emerging tree diseases has increased rapidly in recent times, with severe environmental and economic consequences. Systematic regulatory surveys to detect and establish the distribution of pests are crucial for successful management efforts, but resource-intensive and costly. Volunteers who identify potential invasive species can form an important early warning network in tree health; however, what these data can tell us and how they can be best used to inform and direct official survey effort is not clear...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712146/a-reversal-of-the-shift-towards-earlier-spring-phenology-in-several-mediterranean-reptiles-and-amphibians-during-the-1998-2013-warming-slowdown
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Roger Prodon, Philippe Geniez, Marc Cheylan, Florence Devers, Isabelle Chuine, Aurelien Besnard
Herps, especially amphibians, are particularly susceptible to climate change, since temperature tightly controls many parameters of their biological cycle - above all, their phenology. The timing of herps' activity or migration period - in particular the dates of their first appearance in spring and first breeding - and the shift to earlier dates in response to warming since the last quarter of the 20(th) century has often been described up to now as a nearly monotonic trend towards earlier phenological events...
July 16, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704676/trehs-an-open-access-software-tool-for-investigating-and-evaluating-temporary-river-regimes-as-a-first-step-for-their-ecological-status-assessment
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Francesc Gallart, Núria Cid, Jérôme Latron, Pilar Llorens, Núria Bonada, Justin Jeuffroy, Sara-María Jiménez-Argudo, Rosa-María Vega, Carolina Solà, Maria Soria, Mònica Bardina, Antoni-Josep Hernández-Casahuga, Aránzazu Fidalgo, Teodoro Estrela, Antoni Munné, Narcís Prat
When the regime of a river is not perennial, there are four main difficulties with the use of hydrographs for assessing hydrological alteration: i) the main hydrological features relevant for biological communities are not quantitative (discharges) but qualitative (phases such as flowing water, stagnant pools or lack of surface water), ii) stream flow records do not inform on the temporal occurrence of stagnant pools, iii) as most of the temporary streams are ungauged, their regime has to be evaluated by alternative methods such as remote sensing or citizen science, and iv) the biological quality assessment of the ecological status of a temporary stream must follow a sampling schedule and references adapted to the flow- pool-dry regime...
July 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703222/transparency-of-genetic-testing-services-for-health-wellness-and-lifestyle-analysis-of-online-prepurchase-information-for-uk-consumers
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Jacqueline A Hall, Rena Gertz, Joan Amato, Claudia Pagliari
The declining cost of DNA sequencing has been accompanied by a proliferation of companies selling 'direct-to-consumer genetic testing' (DTC-GT) services. Many of these are marketed online as tools for enabling citizens to make more informed decisions about their health, wellness and lifestyle. We assessed the 'information for consumers' provided by these companies at the prepurchase stage, which could influence initial decisions to part with money, data or tissue samples. A scoping exercise revealed 65 DTC-GT companies advertising their services online to consumers in the United Kingdom, of which 15 met our inclusion criteria...
August 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689133/the-european-politics-of-animal-experimentation-from-victorian-britain-to-stop-vivisection
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Pierre-Luc Germain, Luca Chiapperino, Giuseppe Testa
This paper identifies a common political struggle behind debates on the validity and permissibility of animal experimentation, through an analysis of two recent European case studies: the Italian implementation of the European Directive 2010/63/EC regulating the use of animals in science, and the recent European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) 'Stop Vivisection'. Drawing from a historical parallel with Victorian antivivisectionism, we highlight important threads in our case studies that mark the often neglected specificities of debates on animal experimentation...
July 6, 2017: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685368/community-based-participatory-research-for-the-study-of-air-pollution-a-review-of-motivations-approaches-and-outcomes
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Adwoa Commodore, Sacoby Wilson, Omar Muhammad, Erik Svendsen, John Pearce
Neighborhood level air pollution represents a long-standing issue for many communities that, until recently, has been difficult to address due to the cost of equipment and lack of related expertise. Changes in available technology and subsequent increases in community-based participatory research (CBPR) have drastically improved the ability to address this issue. However, much still needs to be learned as these types of studies are expected to increase in the future. To assist, we review the literature in an effort to improve understanding of the motivations, approaches, and outcomes of air monitoring studies that incorporate CBPR and citizen science (CS) principles...
August 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678962/citizen-science-participation-in-research-in-the-environmental-sciences-key-factors-related-to-projects-success-and-longevity
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Davi G F Cunha, Jonatas F Marques, Juliana C DE Resende, Patrícia B DE Falco, Chrislaine M DE Souza, Steven A Loiselle
The potential impacts of citizen science initiatives are increasing across the globe, albeit in an imbalanced manner. In general, there is a strong element of trial and error in most projects, and the comparison of best practices and project structure between different initiatives remains difficult. In Brazil, the participation of volunteers in environmental research is limited. Identifying the factors related to citizen science projects' success and longevity within a global perspective can contribute for consolidating such practices in the country...
June 29, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667855/validating-novel-air-pollution-sensors-to-improve-exposure-estimates-for-epidemiological-analyses-and-citizen-science
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Michael Jerrett, David Donaire-Gonzalez, Olalekan Popoola, Roderic Jones, Ronald C Cohen, Estela Almanza, Audrey de Nazelle, Iq Mead, Glòria Carrasco-Turigas, Tom Cole-Hunter, Margarita Triguero-Mas, Edmund Seto, Mark Nieuwenhuijsen
Low cost, personal air pollution sensors may reduce exposure measurement errors in epidemiological investigations and contribute to citizen science initiatives. Here we assess the validity of a low cost personal air pollution sensor. Study participants were drawn from two ongoing epidemiological projects in Barcelona, Spain. Participants repeatedly wore the pollution sensor - which measured carbon monoxide (CO), nitric oxide (NO), and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). We also compared personal sensor measurements to those from more expensive instruments...
June 28, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663558/the-common-cuckoo-is-an-effective-indicator-of-high-bird-species-richness-in-asia-and-europe
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Federico Morelli, Anders Pape Møller, Emma Nelson, Yanina Benedetti, Wei Liang, Petra Šímová, Marco Moretti, Piotr Tryjanowski
Common cuckoo Cuculus canorus is a charismatic bird species with a dominant presence in human culture: from folklore legends to nowadays there is evidence of cuckoos being a prime candidate as a surrogate of bird diversity. Recent studies demonstrated that the cuckoo can predict hotspots of taxonomic diversity and functional diversity of bird communities in European countries. In this study, we demonstrated that the cuckoo is an excellent bioindicator at multi-spatial scale, extending cuckoo surrogacy from Europe to Asia...
June 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654930/understanding-the-inter-disciplinary-and-institutional-diversity-of-citizen-science-a-survey-of-current-practice-in-germany-and-austria
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Lisa Pettibone, Katrin Vohland, David Ziegler
Citizen science has become more popular in recent years, quickly taking on a variety of potentially conflicting characteristics: a way to collect massive data sets at relatively low cost, a way to break science out of the ivory tower and better engage the public, an approach to educate lay people in scientific methods. But the extent of current citizen science practice-the types of actors and scientific disciplines who take part-is still poorly understood. This article builds on recent surveys of citizen science in PLOS One by analyzing citizen science practice in Germany and Austria through the projects on two online platforms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652935/segal-s-law-16s-rrna-gene-sequencing-and-the-perils-of-foodborne-pathogen-detection-within-the-american-gut-project
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James B Pettengill, Hugh Rand
Obtaining human population level estimates of the prevalence of foodborne pathogens is critical for understanding outbreaks and ameliorating such threats to public health. Estimates are difficult to obtain due to logistic and financial constraints, but citizen science initiatives like that of the American Gut Project (AGP) represent a potential source of information concerning enteric pathogens. With an emphasis on genera Listeria and Salmonella, we sought to document the prevalence of those two taxa within the AGP samples...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651557/amphibian-and-reptile-road-kills-on-tertiary-roads-in-relation-to-landscape-structure-using-a-citizen-science-approach-with-open-access-land-cover-data
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Florian Heigl, Kathrin Horvath, Gregor Laaha, Johann G Zaller
BACKGROUND: Amphibians and reptiles are among the most endangered vertebrate species worldwide. However, little is known how they are affected by road-kills on tertiary roads and whether the surrounding landscape structure can explain road-kill patterns. The aim of our study was to examine the applicability of open-access remote sensing data for a large-scale citizen science approach to describe spatial patterns of road-killed amphibians and reptiles on tertiary roads. Using a citizen science app we monitored road-kills of amphibians and reptiles along 97...
June 26, 2017: BMC Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649455/science-caf%C3%A3-s-transforming-citizens-to-scientific-citizens-what-influences-participants-perceived-change-in-health-and-scientific-literacy
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Syed M Ahmed, Mia DeFino, Emily Connors, Alexis Visotcky, Anne Kissack, Zeno Franco
INTRODUCTION: Science Cafés facilitated by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin seek to increase health and scientific literacy through informal conversation between researchers and community members. The goal was to understand what factors have the greatest influence on attendees' perceived changes in health and science literacy levels (PCHSL) to increase impact. METHODS: Previous research established the evaluation used in the Science Cafés to measure PCHSL...
April 2017: Journal of clinical and translational science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645761/beach-macro-litter-monitoring-and-floating-microplastic-in-a-coastal-area-of-indonesia
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Agung Dhamar Syakti, Rafika Bouhroum, Nuning Vita Hidayati, Chandra Joei Koenawan, Abdelaziz Boulkamh, Isdy Sulistyo, Stephanie Lebarillier, Syafsir Akhlus, Pierre Doumenq, Pascal Wong-Wah-Chung
Qualitative analysis of the structures of the polymers composing floating plastic debris was performed using attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), and the aging of the debris was assessed by measuring carbonyl group formation on the particle surfaces. Plastic material made up >75% of the 2313 items collected during a three-year survey. The size, shape and color of the microplastic were correlated with the polymer structure. The most abundant plastic materials were polypropylene (68%) and low-density polyethylene (11%), and the predominant colors of the plastics were white, blue and green...
June 20, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637378/surveillance-to-inform-control-of-emerging-plant-diseases-an-epidemiological-perspective
#16
Stephen Parnell, Frank van den Bosch, Tim Gottwald, Christopher A Gilligan
The rise in emerging pathogens and strains has led to increased calls for more effective surveillance in plant health. We show how epidemiological insights about the dynamics of disease spread can improve the targeting of when and where to sample. We outline some relatively simple but powerful statistical approaches to inform surveillance and describe how they can be adapted to include epidemiological information. This enables us to address questions such as: Following the first report of an invading pathogen, what is the likely incidence of disease? If no cases of disease have been found, how certain can we be that the disease was not simply missed by chance? We illustrate the use of spatially explicit stochastic models to optimize targeting of surveillance and control resources...
June 21, 2017: Annual Review of Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628640/birds-of-a-feather-flock-together-insights-into-starling-murmuration-behaviour-revealed-using-citizen-science
#17
Anne E Goodenough, Natasha Little, William S Carpenter, Adam G Hart
Pre-roost murmuration displays by European starlings Sturnus vulgaris are a spectacular example of collective animal behaviour. To date, empirical research has focussed largely on flock movement and biomechanics whereas research on possible causal mechanisms that affect flock size and murmuration duration has been limited and restricted to a small number of sites. Possible explanations for this behaviour include reducing predation through the dilution, detection or predator confusion effects (the "safer together" hypotheses) or recruiting more birds to create larger (warmer) roosts (the "warmer together" hypothesis)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624727/the-biogeochemical-implications-of-massive-gull-flocks-at-landfills
#18
R Scott Winton, Mark River
Gulls have long been observed concentrating in flocks of tens to hundreds of thousands at the anthropogenic food sources provided by landfills. Yet, the biogeochemical implications of the landfill gull phenomenon have been largely ignored. This study has two goals: 1) to understand the magnitude and geographic extent of landfill gulls in North America, and 2) to quantify the amount of carbon (C), nitrogen (N), and phosphorus (P) transported from landfills to gull roosting sites in order to understand their potential impacts on water quality and methane (CH4) emission...
June 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618317/citizen-science-for-water-quality-monitoring-data-implications-of-citizen-perspectives
#19
Ashlee Jollymore, Morgan J Haines, Terre Satterfield, Mark S Johnson
Citizen science, where citizens play an active role in the scientific process, is increasingly used to expand the reach and scope of scientific research while also achieving engagement and educational goals. Despite the emergence of studies exploring data outcomes of citizen science, the process and experience of engaging with citizens and citizen-lead groups through participatory science is less explored. This includes how citizen perspectives alter data outcomes, a critical upshot given prevalent mistrust of citizen versus scientist data...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612838/drinking-water-consumption-patterns-among-adults-sms-as-a-novel-tool-for-collection-of-repeated-self-reported-water-consumption
#20
Melle Säve-Söderbergh, Jonas Toljander, Irene Mattisson, Agneta Åkesson, Magnus Simonsson
Studies have shown that the average drinking water consumption ranges between 0.075 and 3 L/day for adults with both national and regional differences. For exposure assessment of drinking water hazards, country-specific drinking water consumption data including sources of the consumed water may therefore be warranted. To estimate the amount and source of drinking water consumed among adults in Sweden, we collected self-reported estimates using both traditional methods (telephone interviews, web questionnaire) and a novel method (Short Message Service, SMS questionnaires) in a population from an average sized Swedish municipality...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
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