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Fundão tailings dam failures: the environment tragedy of the largest technological disaster of Brazilian mining in global context
Flávio Fonseca do Carmo, Luciana Hiromi Yoshino Kamino, Rogério Tobias Junior, Iara Christina de Campos, Felipe Fonseca do Carmo, Guilherme Silvino, Kenedy Junio da Silva Xavier de Castro, Mateus Leite Mauro, Nelson Uchoa Alonso Rodrigues, Marcos Paulo de Souza Miranda, Carlos Eduardo Ferreira Pinto
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:145-51

  • The collapse of the Fundão dam was the major environmental disaster of the world mining industry.

  • We identify with high resolution satellite images the ecosystems and cultural heritage damage.

  • Contrary to post-disaster expectations, there was a setback in environmental legal planning.

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Dismantling Brazil's science threatens global biodiversity heritage
G. Wilson Fernandes, Mariana M. Vale, Gerhard E. Overbeck, Mercedes M.C. Bustamante, Carlos E.V. Grelle, Helena Godoy Bergallo, William E. Magnusson, Alberto Akama, Suelen S. Alves, André Amorim, Joaquim Araújo, Claudia Franca Barros, Freddy Bravo, Marcelo J. Veiga Carim, Rui Cerqueira, Rosane Garcia Collevatti, Guarino R. Colli, Catia Nunes da Cunha, Paulo Sergio D’Andrea, José Carmine Dianese, Soraia Diniz, Pedro Cordeiro Estrela, Mariluce R.M. Fernandes, Carla Suertegaray Fontana, Leandro L. Giacomin, Luis Fernando P. Gusmão, Flora Acuña Juncá, Ana Carolina Borges Lins-e-Silva, Celia R.A.S. Lopes, Maria Lucia Lorini, Luciano Paganucci de Queiroz, Luiz R. Malabarba, Beatriz Schwantes Marimon, Ben Hur Marimon Junior, Marcia C.M. Marques, Bruno M. Martinelli, Marlucia Bonifacio Martins, Hermes Fonseca de Medeiros, Marcelo Menin, Paula Benevides de Morais, Francisca Helena Muniz, Selvino Neckel-Oliveira, João Alves de Oliveira, Reyjane P. Oliveira, Fernando Pedroni, Jerry Penha, Luciana R. Podgaiski, Domingos J. Rodrigues, Aldicir Scariot, Luís Fábio Silveira, Marcos Silveira, Walfrido Moraes Tomas, Marcos J. Salgado Vital, Valério D. Pillar
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:239-43

  • Robust information on biodiversity patterns and trends is important for public policies for nature conservation and sustainable development.

  • Current Brazilian policy of cuts in science puts research programs and long term monitoring of biodiversity at risk.

  • Reduced spending will have long-term negative impacts on capacity building in science and technology.

  • Cuts will reduce Brazil's capability to predict, mitigate negative impacts of, and adapt to global environmental changes.

  • Cuts will result in less effective and efficient conservation strategies, threatening ecosystem services and human well-being, and in failure to reach the National Targets for Biodiversity 2011–2020.

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Introducing digital cameras to monitor plant phenology in the tropics: applications for conservation
Bruna Alberton, Ricardo da S. Torres, Leonardo F. Cancian, Bruno D. Borges, Jurandy Almeida, Greice C. Mariano, Jefersson dos Santos, Leonor Patricia Cerdeira Morellato
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:82-90

  • Leaf phenology monitoring using digital cameras in tropical vegetation.

  • Digital images can track temporal changes in the vegetation structure.

  • Phenocams are potential tools for conservation biology.

  • Phenocams for tropical phenology monitoring are a promising research field in Brazil.

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Threats for bird population restoration: A systematic review
Guilherme Fernando Gomes Destro, Paulo De Marco, Levi Carina Terribile
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2018;16:68-73

  • The largest number of restoration attempts was performed in New Zealand.

  • The most frequent species were Grus americana and Notiomystis cincta.

  • Thirteen drivers were pointed out by researchers and practitioners.

  • Considering only environmental causes, predation was the most remarkable driver.

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Sustainability of Jaborandi in the eastern Brazilian Amazon
Cecilio Frois Caldeira, Tereza Cristina Giannini, Silvio Junio Ramos, Santelmo Vasconcelos, Simone Kuster Mitre, Jakeline Prata de Assis Pires, Gracialda Costa Ferreira, Selma Ohashi, José Aroudo Mota, Alexandre Castilho, Jose Oswaldo Siqueira, Antonio Eduardo Furtini Neto
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:161-71

  • Pilocarpus microphyllus is the main source of the medicament for glaucoma treatment.

  • Absence of sustainable management increases the risk of extinction of the species.

  • We review our understanding of P. microphyllus and propose conservation strategies.

  • New potential areas of natural occurrence of P. microphyllus are proposed.

  • Well synchronized vegetative and reproductive patterns in field growing plants.

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The South Brazilian grasslands – A South American tallgrass prairie? Parallels and implications of fire dependency
G.E. Overbeck, J.D. Scasta, F.F. Furquim, I.I. Boldrini, J.R. Weir
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2018;16:24-30

  • South Brazilian and North American tallgrass grasslands show botanical similarity.

  • Fire appears to have a similar ecological role in both regions.

  • Fire as ecological process and conservation tool is undervalued in Brazil.

  • Brazilian grassland conservation might benefit from North American experiences.

  • Comparative ecological studies will improve our understanding of grassland ecology.

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New perspectives in ecology and conservation
Jean Paul Metzger, Rafael Loyola, José Alexandre Felizola Diniz-Filho, Valério D. Pillar
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:1-2
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Assessing the risk of invasion of species in the pet trade in Brazil
Clarissa Alves da Rosa, Rafael Zenni, Sílvia R. Ziller, Nelson de Almeida Curi, Marcelo Passamani
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2018;16:38-42

  • Six mammal pet species were assessed, all resulting in very high risk of invasion.

  • Rodents resulted the highest risk level among our analyses.

  • Reproductive traits account for the major part of the high risk of evaluated species.

  • Food group and ecological interactions were the main traits increasing risk scores of carnivores.

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Rewilding ecological communities and rewiring ecological networks
Mathias Mistretta Pires
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:257-65

  • Rewilding envisages restoring ecosystem functions by counteracting defaunation.

  • Interactions affect the fate of introduced individuals and community responses.

  • Network models help predicting how an introduced species integrates the food web.

  • Networks can help predicting and monitoring community-level outcomes.

  • Feasibility and risk analyses of rewilding can benefit from a network approach.

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Ecosystems as infrastructure
José Maria Cardoso da Silva, Emily Wheeler
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2017;15:32-5

  • The concept of ecosystems as infrastructure is reviewed.

  • The terms green, ecological, natural, and blue have been used in the literature.

  • Green infrastructure is the most commonly used name.

  • A more inclusive concept for green infrastructure is proposed.

  • Design principles for green infrastructure at all spatial scales are suggested.

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