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A species of cave bug unknown until today provides the testimony of an ancient fauna

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An international study with the participation of the Natural History Museum (UV) has made the first record of a cave-dwelling Kinnaridae from the Old World. It is Valenciolenda fadaforesta, a species found in Valencian caves and a remnant of an ancient extinct fauna. The uniqueness of its characteristics makes it necessary to establish a new genus of Hemiptera. The work has been published in the journal ‘Subterranean Biology’.

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Temperature increase due to climate change allows the Valencian tourist season to be extended

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A study by Juan Javier Miró, professor of Physical Geography at the University of Valencia (UV), and Jorge Olcina, Professor of Regional Geographic Analysis at the University of Alicante (UA), analyses how the increase in temperatures allow the tourist season to be extended into the spring and autumn, but generates worse “climatic comfort” in the middle of summer. Read More

The presence of pets in dune ecosystems is incompatible with the conservation of coastal birds

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An investigation by the Department of Microbiology and Ecology of the University of Valencia published in the Ibis magazine warns about the impact of human activities –mainly dog walking– on one of the threatened bird species that reproduce in these ecosystems, the Kentish plover. The study calls for the adoption of measures that separate both uses and allow the coexistence between the recreational use of beaches and the conservation of birds. Read More

Plants produce nutrient-rich substances for insects at night

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A multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Valencia (UV), the Valencian Institute of Agricultural Research (IVIA) and Rutgers University (RU) has just demonstrated that guttation, small watery drops exudated from the margins of plants leaves, is a nutrient-rich food source for beneficial insects (pollinators or those used for biological pest control). The study has been published today in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, of the Royal Society of the United Kingdom. Read More