COVIRAG.CHBK-an intiative of association for channeling bioknowledge.

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COVIRAG.CHBK is an intiative of CHBK started since Global COVID-19 Pandemic was declared by the World Health Organisation,Geneva( CHBK- is acronym for association for channeling bioknowledge.registered(2012) and based in Geneva,Switzerland).The post`s goal is empowerement of public and scientific community. It deals with available evolving information, research advances and actions related to pandemic -COVID-19( from reliable International,national scientific journals, reports, publications, from academies and laboratories, which are verifiable, and are also National governments, World Health Organisation`s recommended sources.kapoorvijayp(c).

latest research advances for building biological knowledge and understanding on how coronavirus works. latest information on COVID-19( from Scientific American,October,2020) addresses main questions:

1.The mechanism by which virus enters-inades human body.

2).How the Immune system fights and sometimes cannot fight…”What can our immune system do and how can the virus sometimes defeat it”

3.Major Vaccines and drugs for COVID-19-how they work.

Learn and add to biological understanding with emerging latest biological knowledge of COVID-19 in conversation with a scientist( artile is from Scientific American)Dr Glaunsinger -“Britt Glaunsinger, a virologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute ask burning questions raised above and more .”.

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Diversity of living beings on earth and how they interact with each other is now being looked with respect and more sacred approach-why? Pandemic COVID-19 has ushered human scoiety into a world where everyone is threatedned by onslaught of infection by a tiny nuclear material of RNA.Pandemic of this century will be never forgotten by technology powered future human scoeities. Biological knowledge of this small life unit called COVID-19 has baffled scientists all over the world.The crisis is being faced and challenge is to know and learn more about biology of this virus and its relation with every other life especially humans on earth.kapoorvijayp(c).A Pandemic report by International platform on Biological diversity and Ecosystem Services supported by UNEP and other UN organisations. is being launched.Probioknowledge platform(c)-associationfor cahnneling bioknowledgehas been associated as observer-member. kapoorvijayp(c).

Eminent ecologist Award of British ecological Society 2020 to Professor Bernhard Schmid.

Most cited ecologist and 2020 awardee of Eminent Ecologist award of the British ecological Society Professor Bernhard Schmid,University of Zurich,Switzerland. I send my congratulations and best wishes to Professor Bernhard Schmid for getting this prestigious award. @Kapoorvijayp

Read following Key publications:

1.-Growth–trait relationships in subtropical forest are stronger at higher diversity

Franca J. BongersBernhard SchmidZhenkai SunYin LiWerner HärdtleGoddert von OheimbYing LiShan LiMichael StaabKeping MaXiaojuan Liu

First published: 05 July 2019

2.-Positive biodiversity–productivity relationship due to increased plant density

Elisabeth MarquardAlexandra WeigeltChristiane RoscherMarlén GubschAnnett LipowskyBernhard SchmidFirst published: 16 June 2009

3.-Niche pre‐emption increases with species richness in experimental plant communities


4.-Experimental invasion by legumes reveals non‐random assembly rules in grassland communities


Global effects of land use on Biodiversity

  1. Present focus in ecology and biodiversity scientific researches is to alert policy makers, and public that global biodiversity is declining at an alarming scale. It is true that despite all efforts our understanding of this decline is still limited. Climate change research has taken more attention, more investment will be going in this direction -not realising loss of biodiversity is the crucial link which is bringing this global climate change. In my personal analysis lot of research and investment is needed at plant biodiversity level. Dr.Mrs.Promila Kapoor-Vijay FLS; @kapoorvijayp,;@probio3
  2. Global effects of land use on biodiversity paper by Tim Newbould et al. ,gives very interesting information and useful projection suggesting that human land use has caused substantial declines in species richness. The multi authored paper (Functional Ecology (2020,January) points clearly that our “understanding of nature and drivers of biodiversity decline remains incomplete” and further .. evidence from different taxonomic groups and geographic regions suggests that land use does not equally impact all organisms within terrestrial ecological communities, and that different functional groups of species may respond differently. In particular, large carnivores are expected to decline more compared to other animals due to land use disturbance”.
  3. This paper is first “global synthesis of responses to land use across functional groups using data from a wide set of animal species, including herbivores, omnivores, carnivores, fungivores and detritivores; and ranging in body mass from 2 × 10−6 g (an oribatid mite) to 3,825 kg (the African elephant)”.and authors have shown”that the abundance of large endotherms, small ectotherms, carnivores and fungivores (although in the last case, not significantly) are reduced disproportionately in human land uses compared with the abundance of other functional groups”, further suggesting that certain functional groups are consistently favoured over others in land used by humans.(

Editor’s Choice: Volume 107 Issue 6

Journal of Ecology Blog

The Editor’s Choice article forVolume 107 Issue 6is a study by Quintana‐Ascencioet al., which looks at therole of seed dormancy, dispersal and fire history on plant population dynamics, distribution and abundance. Associate Editor, Shurong Zhou, discusses this new research paper in more detail.

Biodiversity conservation and management depend on our understanding of population dynamics at multiple scales. However, most population models consider only small spatial scales. The predicted patterns of distribution and abundance may not scale up to a larger, regional scales – where environmental or anthropogenic changes are usually involved (Beissinger & Westphal 1998). So, predicting regional population distribution and viability may be critically important when dealing with large scale changes in population dynamics, for conversation and management. However, possibly due to difficulties in collecting long-term and large-scale demographic data, many studies chose to ignore the underlying landscape issue or treat it in a simplistic manner.

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Special Feature: Dispersal processes driving plant movement

Journal of Ecology Blog

Journal of Ecology published a Special Feature in issue 105.1 titled; Dispersal Processes driving plant movement: Range shifts in a changing world. One of the guest editors, Cristina García, tells us more about the Special Feature below…

105-1Most living organisms need to mobilise their propagules to avoid inter-specific competition, escape suboptimal or poor local conditions and colonise suitably remote sites. Dispersal is particularly challenging for sessile organisms, such as plants that typically get dispersed across the landscape by disseminating their seeds. Dispersal has long fascinated ecologists and distinguished naturalists, such as Darwin and Wallace, who have invoked dispersal and migration processes to explain biogeographic patterns.

In an increasingly managed and fragmented world, constrained plant dispersal ability limits the chances of plant populations to persist and expand. We already have empirical evidence on the important role that local adaptation plays in organisms to cope with climate change, either through…

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Adaptations and phenotypic plasticity:A caterpillar`s efforts

A caterpilalar changes color to match its background to survive and evolve?

Many of you have heard of the famous peppered moth Biston betularia, a paradigmatic case of evolution by natural selection. (The normally inconspicuous white, speckled moth evolved a cryptic black coloration when smog blackened tree trunks in industrial England; and the same thing happened in the United States. When anti-pollution laws were enacted in both […]

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