April 22nd, marching for the Earth and for Science

Virgile and I, Javier, joined this manifestation in Lyon, with Benjamin Dietre, Julien Maire and Petra Villette, colleagues from the Laboratoire Chrono-Environnement and the Université de Franche-Comté. We were around 400-600 people with different quotes and enthusiasm that wanted to defend science and the scientific method. This is something basic in order to understand nature and to find solutions of today’s major problems of our planet (for instance, biodiversity loss, climate change, etc.).

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You can also find more information here, for this and the rest of marches organised in the same context in France

I also remind you that the call for the Individual Fellowships of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions of the European Commission is now open. These fellowships are an excellent opportunity to find answers and try to solve these problems stated above, by proposing new projects based on research excellence that also provide impact to society and industry and essential training for the new generation of researchers.

The link of these MSCA Fellowships from the European Commission regarding this call is here.

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Population declines of small mustelids by rodenticide use

I think it may interest you this study:

Alterio, N. (1996). Secondary poisoning of stoats (Mustela erminea), feral ferrets (Mustela furo), and feral house cats (Felis catus) by the anticoagulant poison, brodifacoum. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 23(4), 331-338.

It seems that in New Zealand anticoagulant rodenticides affect the populations of small mustelids. In this country small mustelids were introduced and the control of their populations is necessary to reduce the impact of predators over native species, that have not evolved in the presence of mammalian carnivores. However the use of anticoagulant rodenticides is also applied in mainland Europe, where these predators are native species and also suffer the consequences of secondary poisoning.

Here I put you some pictures of the footprint tracking tunnels I use to monitor small mustelids, similarly as in this study.

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