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Paper Makes Case for Insect Conservation

Conservation Science and Practice has published a paper that makes the case for greater action to curb the global decline in insects, reports The Xerces Society. Research provides compelling evidence of declines in insect abundance, diversity, and biomass, argue the authors. “Although there is a need for greater investment in basic science and further analyses of existing data, our belief is that the severity of reported insect declines is sufficient to warrant immediate action,” says author Matt Forister. The paper not only presents the problem, but also provides examples of success stories in insect conservation from three continents. The authors propose actions that can be taken by various societal sectors to address insect declines.