This architectural practice is common, for instance, in some northern European regions and consists of creating gardens or other
green areas in roof tops, thus ‘giving back’ a certain percentage of the soil surface that was ‘robbed’ by the construction. On a specific level, this particular taxon could benefit from: (d) Forestall clearance methodologies that took micro-fauna into consideration. These would include the removal of only the strictly necessary amount of biomass from woods, roads, paths or forestall corridors. Additionally, the removed materials should not be burned or destroyed in any other way in order to preserve all the selleck products live-forms contained there. As an alternative, they could be translocated to a nearby area where the risk of fire would A-1210477 be inferior or virtually inexistent. (e) Ex situ preservation projects. These could be conducted in public or private Captisol concentration gardens or green houses and would act as genetic banks, in a similar way to the part played by zoos and aquariums today. (f) Beaches partially or totally closed to humans. This would protect coastal/marine life from the great pressure imposed by people during summer months, and could be achieved by implementing coastal protected areas. (g) An extension of taxonomic and biological studies. Particularly useful appears the recent genetic work: Tardigrade Barcoding Project (Schill 2009), TABAR (Guidetti et
al. 2009b), TardiBASE (Blaxter 2008), Kumamushi Genome Project (Kunieda et al. 2008), MoDNA (Cesari et al. 2009; Guidetti et al. 2009a). This would not only inflate our level of knowledge but would potentially help create
s of research where water-bears have not yet been used. It would also help draw media attention to the taxon, important leverage for a successful conservation strategy. All of these suggestions are being made a priori and, even though some of them could prove to be somewhat correct, they would have to be refined in order to accurately provide protection for the Tardigrade biodiversity. Obviously, such perfectioning of any given conservational methodology can only arise from previous studying. These
pioneer studies shall hopefully come true in a near future, for they are critically necessary not only to help us protect a vast animal taxon whose full ecological importance still eludes our understanding; Oxalosuccinic acid but also, and more importantly, to help bring about a more generalized discussion on the conservation of all of those taxonomic groups thus far neglected. Acknowledgments I wish to thank Professor Roberto Bertolani, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, and Professor Artur Serrano, University of Lisbon, Portugal, for valuable comments and suggestions. I also wish to thank Dr. Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey at the Oxford School of Languages, Lisbon, for reviewing the English manuscript. This work was supported by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal.