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Plant biodiversity and adaptation to the environment on the coastal dunes
23 August 202023 August 2020
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Plant biodiversity and adaptation to the environment on the coastal dunes

The beaches and sand dunes impose extreme conditions on the plants, at the limit of survival: the constant wind carries salt droplets, which encrust them, and the sand that continuously sands and submerges them, the substrate does not retain humidity and can reach temperatures of 60 °C. Only psammophytes, or sand plants, can survive in...

The management of an “out of the ordinary” coastal nature reserve: the example of Bosco Nordio, an educational laboratory and treasure chest of biodiversity
6 August 20206 August 2020
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The management of an “out of the ordinary” coastal nature reserve: the example of Bosco Nordio, an educational laboratory and treasure chest of biodiversity

The apparently arid and selective environment of the coastal dunes is actually rich in plant and animal species. If, along the coasts, this is due to the rapid evolutionary dynamics of the habitats from the shoreline to the retro-dune habitats, in the Bosco Nordio Nature Reserve, the major factors that come into play are the...

Biodiversity today threatened by the alien species
25 June 202025 June 2020
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Biodiversity today threatened by the alien species

The problem of exotic or alien species is wide and complex and touches strings that go beyond biology and ecology. But there are the laws of biology and ecology that must guide us in reading this phenomenon. There are some major differences between the Gardens of Babylon and the invasion processes that we have been...

The Fairy Linen
6 June 20206 June 2020
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The Fairy Linen

The coastal dune environments are the result of a constant transport of sandy materials from rivers to the sea, which then deposits them on the beach thanks to the waves. Beached branches, seaweeds and shells hold the grains of sand carried by the wind, but the real engineer of the dunes is its flora! The...

The effectiveness of the restoration of the mobile dunes in the Vallevecchia site
6 May 20206 May 2020
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The effectiveness of the restoration of the mobile dunes in the Vallevecchia site

Dune ecosystems are under increasing threat from disturbance and anthropogenic pressure. This causes an alteration of the plant communities and the balance that regulates the formation of the coastal dunes. The plant component of coastal ecosystems guarantees the growth and continuous development of the dune; however, this is the dune ecosystems component most affected by...

Rewilding Dutch dunes with the European bison
3 April 20203 April 2020
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Rewilding Dutch dunes with the European bison

National Park Zuid-Kennemerland is today the coastal dunes area that houses the bison in the northern Netherlands.   Until a few years ago, the National Park Zuid-Kennemerland was largely open to the public except for an area in the south that was kept closed. The closed off area used to be a dynamic dune system, but...

The delicate balance between tourism and coastal dune pollination networks
5 March 20205 March 2020
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The delicate balance between tourism and coastal dune pollination networks

Human disturbance is threatening the integrity of ecosystems and their capability to withstand future environmental changes worldwide. Coastal dunes, including seashores, dune ridges and humid dune slacks, are ranked at the top of globally threatened ecosystems. Intense concentration of human activities and mass tourism are leading to coastal dune loss and fragmentation. Besides that, mass...

Drone and GIS database to monitor the anthropic threats to the dunes
6 February 20206 February 2020
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Drone and GIS database to monitor the anthropic threats to the dunes

The overall objectives of the LIFE REDUNE project are the ecological restoration of the natural coastal zonation, the reduction of negative human impacts on habitats and species, and the integration of tourism with conservation of natural heritage, in an area, the northern Adriatic coast, where tourism represents one of the main economic activities and sources...

A NURSERY FOR THE FLORA OF THE DUNES
8 January 20203 April 2020
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A NURSERY FOR THE FLORA OF THE DUNES

The LIFE REDUNE project aims to the reconnection and restoration of 92,000 m2 of mobile dunes and redevelopment and / or expansion of 823,000 m2 of transition and fixed dune habitats, variously altered by disturbance factors due to human action. The restoration of the precious coastal habitats can be achieved on the one hand by...

Never as now we are “RE-DUNING”
3 December 20193 December 2019
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Never as now we are “RE-DUNING”

On November 12, 2019, an exceptional meteorological event caused considerable damage to the entire coastal area of Veneto. Municipalities and local associations are once again asking for defensive structural interventions and works to mitigate storm damage. They are no longer thinking only about rigid structures at sea, and sand replenishments, which have already shown all...