Dai un nome ad una nuova specie
The research activities of WBA, besides including the biodiversity hot spots all over the world (during 2013 our members were in Turkey and Chile) are also directed to investigate the biodiversity of the Italian and European countryside. Our members Cesare Bellò and Cosimo Baviera, who is researcher to the Department of Animal Biology and Marine Ecology of the University of Messina, published on the review ZOOTAXA (3768-4: 487–496; 2014) l’articolo “The first discovery of the genus Meira Jacquelin du Val outside the western mediterranean area, with description of a new species (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Entiminae)”. It is a very interesting work that describes a new species of Coleoptera Curculionidae, Meira mariaesilvanae, collected on the Monte Baldo during the “Biodiversity Week 2013” to the Botanical Garden of the Monte Baldo, at Novezzina. The new species has been collected associated to Sedum rupestre, in the xerothermic oasis of the GardaLake, on the slopes of the Monte Baldo, at 260 m of altitude.
The discovery is particularly significant because it is the first finding of the genus Meira in the North East of Italy, out of its distribution area, typically Mediterranean (From Pyrenees to Calabria.
The species has been dedicated to our member Maria Silvana Chemello, the wife of Cesare Bellò, in recognition for her long and assiduous contribution given to the investigation of endogean fauna.
The holotype are preserved in the collection of Cesare Bellò, the several paratypes are conserved in several italian Museum (Milano, Genova, Verona, Roma). Our Association for many years supported the naturalistic researches in the Mediterranean basin through a specific research project (Research Missions in the Mediterranean Basin), that until now brought to the discovery of several tens of new species for science. Therefore, WBA wants to express sincere congratulations to the authors for the new discovery in an area considered among the richest in biodiversity all over Europe.
The persons concerned can ask for a PDF copy of the paper directly to our member Bellò to the following e-mail address: email@example.com
The new year started under the best auspices for the agriculture of the Veneto region. The Council of the Regione Veneto through the Resolution n. 2860, 30/12/2013, approved the Project “Qualitative characterization of the principal fruit and vegetable products of the Veneto region and their environment of production”. The Project amount is 1.300.000 euro to be used for the conservation of the products and their original place of production; in this context the relation between “product and environment” is fundamental to guarantee, both for farmers and consumers, the identity of the products, food safety and responsible consumption.
Through this resolution the Council of the Regione Veneto supported the themes that the WBA used in 2010, International Year of Biodiversity, to propose the standard “Biodiversity Friend” to certify the conservation of biodiversity in agriculture.
The Project will be developed through three actions. The first action concerns the “Qualitative characterization of the fruit and vegetable products” by means of nutritional-nutraceutical and metabolomic analysis on the most important DOP/IGP products cultivated in the Veneto region. The second action concerns the “Qualitative characterization of the cultivation environment of the fruit and vegetable products” through synthetic methods of biomonitoring to evaluate the environmental quality and the biodiversity conservation in some hundred farms of the Veneto region. In particular, the Regione del Veneto in the Project supports the protocol “Biodiversity Friend” as a method of evaluating the quality of air, water and soil, and recognizes that it is the “first and, until now, the only certification able to evaluate the biodiversity conservation in agriculture”. The third action, finally, concerns the “Project communication activities”.
After the patronage of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies obtained at the presentation of the protocol in 2010, it is the first significant recognition of our standard at an institutional level. The next goal will be the recognition of “Biodiversity Friend” as a “quality system” for the Italian and European agriculture, according to the trends determined by the new Community Regulation 2014-2020 to support the rural development (Reg. EAFRD n. 1305/2013).