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Pet Goldfishes Are A Threat To Biodiversity Say UK Researchers

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Researchers at the Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland , have reported that goldfish species might harm the surrounding ecosystems if they enter the wild. Invasive species are one of the major causes of biodiversity loss, and the pet trade is responsible for the aquatic invasive species. Many pet owners consider setting their pets free to be the more humane option. But, this approach is not meant for goldfish. Recently, they have been found in Atlantic Forest brook , breaking their confinement, and are flourishing. The release of such pets into the wild could lead to destructive outcomes for biodiversity.   Image Credits: Pixabay To better understand the ecological risks produced by various species within the pet trade, researchers decided to study the most common aquatic pets in Northern Ireland: goldfish and white cloud mountain minnow. Goldfish are the absolute starter pet as they are cute, tiny and easy to take care of. These fishes first domesticated over a thousand y

New Study shows Urban farming yields at par with conventional farming. Uses less pesticides

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Image credit: Syced/ Wikimedia Commons According to citizen science research conducted by the University of Sussex, urban farmers in the UK were able to gather one kilogram of insect-pollinated fruits and vegetables per square metre which also falls within the range of conventional farming. Urban farming may contribute to local food security, but it is not scalable due to its labor-intensive nature. It is, nevertheless, more sustainable, productive, and environmentally friendly when compared to traditional agriculture. According to some estimates, urban vegetables might offer up to 20% of the world's food. Over the years, urban farming has received very little attention and research compared to conventional farming and its methods. Dr. Beth Nicholls , a UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellow at the University of Sussex presented the initial results at Ecology Across Borders on Wednesday 15 th December at Liverpool in the U.K. Ecology Across Borders is a program conduct

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