Impact of anthropogenic transportation to Antarctica on alien seed viability

first_imgAntarctic ecosystems are at risk from the introduction of invasive species. The first step in the process of invasion is the transportation of alien species to Antarctic in a viable state. However, the effect of long-distance human-mediated dispersal, over different timescales, on propagule viability is not well known. We assessed the viability of Poa trivialis seeds transported to Antarctica from the UK, South Africa and Australia by ship or by ship and aircraft. Following transportation to the Antarctic Treaty area, no reduction in seed viability was found, despite journey times lasting up to 284 days and seeds experiencing temperatures as low as -1.5A degrees C. This work confirms that human-mediated transport may overcome the dispersal barrier for some propagules, and highlights the need for effective pre-departure biosecurity measures.last_img read more

Miller, D’Urso Win Open Assembly Seats on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Republican medical marijuana activist Melissa Miller won a surprise victory over Democratic Long Beach city councilman Anthony Eramo in the race to fill an open New York State Assembly seat, results show.Miller, a 52-year-old stay-at-home mom from Atlantic Beach and an advocate for children with special needs, won 47 percent of the vote in the 20th district to beat Eramo, 42, and 33-year-old Green Party candidate Joseph Naham, also of Long Beach, according to unofficial results tallied by the state Board of Elections.On the North Shore of Nassau County, Democrat Anthony D’Urso, a 76-year-old former North Hempstead town councilman from Port Washington, won 46 percent of the vote to beat 25-year-old Michael Varvaro, a former legislative aide from Port Washington, in the race to replace outgoing state Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck) in the 16th district.The other 20 state Assembly members that represent Long Island all won re-election—ensuring Democrats retained their supermajority in the 150-member chamber.“I am proud that we have been able to grow our majority to 107 members and our conference remains the most diverse legislative body in the country, including 41 women,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) said.Deputy Assembly Speaker Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead), 77, won her 15th term representing the 18th district by the largest margin of any local Assembly race with 80 percent of the vote over Cornelius Todd Smith, a 47-year-old banker and perennial Republican candidate from Lakeview.Assemb. Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor), 63, won his 11th term representing the first district with 55 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Heather Collins, a 40-year-old elections clerk from East Quogue who sought a rematch from two years ago.Assemb. Anthony Palumbo (R-New Suffolk), 46, won his third term representing the second district with 61 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Michael Conroy, a 57-year-old union leader from Manorville.Assemb. Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue), 52, who represents the third district, was re-elected with 56 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Gregory Schoen, a 30-year-old elections worker from East Patchogue. Murray won his seat in a 2010 special election, was re-elected once, got unseated four years ago, and then recaptured his seat in a ’14 rematch.Assemb. Steven Englebright (D-Setauket), 71, won his 13th term representing the fourth district with 53 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Steven Weissbard, a 52-year-old attorney from Stony Brook.Assemb. Al Graf (R-Holbrook), 56, won his fourth term representing the fifth district with 56 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Deborah Slinkosky, a 60-year-old former Sachem school board member from Holbrook, and Libertarian challenger James Smith, a 25-year-old veteran and college student.Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood), a retired Suffolk County police detective who was named deputy Assembly majority leader last year, ran unopposed for his eighth term representing the sixth district.Assemb. Andrew Garbarino (R-Sayville), 32, won his third term representing the seventh district with 60 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Nicholas Gambini, a 22-year-old pizza delivery driver who is reportedly the youngest Assembly candidate in state history.Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-St. James), 59, won his eighth term representing the eighth district with 63 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Richard Macerello, a 64-year-old perennial candidate from Kings Park.Assemb. Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa), 53, won his seventh term representing the ninth district with 62 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Brendan Cunningham, a 23-year-old Babylon Town spokesman from West Babylon.Assemb. Chad Lupinacci (R-Huntington), 37, won his third term representing the 10th district with 53 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Edwin Perez, a 59-year-old elections board staffer from Huntington.Freshman Assemb. Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D-Wyandanch), 32, won her second term representing the 11th district with 53 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Shawn Cullinane, the 63-year-old Lindenhurst village clerk-treasurer.Assemb. Andrew Raia (R-East Northport), 48, won his eighth term representing the 12th district with 59 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Spencer Rumsey, a 63-year-old Northport resident who is senior editor at the Long Island Press.Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove), 67, won his sixth term representing the 13th district with 56 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Jeffrey Vitale, a 32-year-old Sea Cliff resident who is an Oyster Bay Town employee, and Green Party challenger Jeffrey Peress, a 44-year-old custodian from Glen Cove.Assemb. Dave McDonough (R-Merrick), 79, won his eighth term representing the 14th district with 56 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Michael Reid, a 55-year-old paramedic from Merrick.Assemb. Michael Montesano (R-Glen Head), 62, won his fourth term representing the 15th district with 50 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Dr. Dean Hart, a 58-year-old optometrist from Glen Head.Assemb. Thomas McKevitt (R-East Meadow), 45, won his sixth term representing the 17th district with 56 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Matthew Malin, a 24-year-old elections clerk from Seaford.Assemb. Edward Ra (R-Garden City South), 35, won his fourth term representing the 19th district with 55 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Gary Port, a 54-year-old attorney and perennial candidate from West Hempstead.Assemb. Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook), 47, won his fourth term representing the 21st district with 51 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Travis Bourgeois, a 31-year-old elections clerk from Merrick.And finally, Assemb. Michaelle Solages (D-Elmont), 31, won her third term representing the 22nd district with 62 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Robert Bogle, a 24-year-old law clerk from Valley Stream.last_img read more

Virtual walks through Croatian museums and exhibitions

first_imgZadar Archaeological Museum – has several departments: department for prehistoric, ancient, medieval archeology, department for modern age, department for underwater archeological research, department for pedagogical-andragogical activity, conservation-restoration department, library and others, and Museum of Nin Antiquities. The Museum of Arts and Crafts has announced that it is temporarily closed to the public until further notice, and is moving its activities to online platforms. Unfortunately, due to the earthquake in Zagreb, MUO suffered severe damage. Museum of the King of Trilj – researches, preserves and documents the cultural heritage from the area of ​​Trilj, first of all archeological, and then ethnographic and cultural-historical. But MUO is not the only one that uses all the benefits of the modern world. We have no doubt that visitors, when the situation normalizes one day, will visit the museums they have already seen in their virtual tour, both touristically and physically. Mimara Museum – with the primary role of preserving artistic heritage, the mission of the museum is to communicate to the visitor rich and layered artistic, historical and civilizational contents that can be decoded from individual works of art or groups of works of art. We have researched the offer in Croatia, so visit the links we have prepared for you below: Archaeological Museum in Zagreb – most of the monumental material is from areas belonging to the Croatian historical area, but there is also the Egyptian collection, as well as a significant part of the Numismatic collection, is of foreign origin and several significant collections of Greek and Roman monumental material. Typhlological Museum in Zagreb – exhibition – “Untouched nature: the island of Rava” – The idea of ​​depicting parts of untouched nature was prompted by the desire to present and show visually impaired people in a special, multisensory way the still preserved, natural gems of our country, just like the island of Rava. Water supply museum – Take a walk through the museum and learn about the history of the Zagreb waterworks in a fun way The decision of the National Civil Protection Headquarters suspended all activities that are not necessary for the normal functioning of the community. Among them are numerous cultural institutions and events. And that is exactly why now is the time to take advantage of all the benefits that the internet brings us. Museum of Vučedol Culture Vukovar – find out why Vučedol is one of the most important archeological sites in Europe Museum of Krapina Neanderthals (Flash player required) – collects, preserves, professionally processes and presents geological, paleontological and archaeological material. We believe that this is only a part of the offer in Croatia, but we also believe that after you “surf” the museums, you will look for some new destinations and overcome this pandemic more easily. Trakošćan Castle – today one of the few buildings in Croatia with preserved own material, historically closely related to the architectural framework and life of its owners.center_img In the earthquake in Zagreb, unfortunately, she was also more seriously injured Zagreb Cathedral, Museum of the Blessed Alojzije Stepinac – Zagreb Archdiocese – presents to the public numerous documents and objects used by Cardinal Stepinac during his lifetime Archaeological Museum of Istria – today it is organized into the Archaeological Department, the Documentation Department, the Library Department, the Education Department and the Conservation and Restoration Department. The museum also has dislocated collections in the Pula amphitheater, which it takes care of, then in the Temple of Augustus and the Franciscan monastery, and in Nesactium.Sacred Heart Museum and Gallery SpaceAmphitheater GalleryUnderground AmphitheaterGallery C8 Sinj Alka Museum – The exhibition includes a multitude of uniforms, equipment and weapons of the Sinj Alkars, as well as Alkar statutes and regulations that it adopts in a modern digital form. A special attraction of the exhibition is the life-size display of the Alkar procession. Museum of Arts and Crafts – Virtual walk Pregrada Museum and Library – has a permanent exhibition consisting of three collections: the Numismatic Collection, the Collection of Mining and Geology and the Pharmacy Collection of Thierry. Rupe Ethnographic Museum – The permanent exhibition shows the storage of grain in situ, and the traditional economy and rural architecture of the Dubrovnik area with ceremonial costumes are presented. Cultural and historical museum in the Rector’s Palace – permanent exhibition of paintings, furniture and useful objects from the 16th to the 19th century in the ambience of the Rector’s Palace, the seat of government and the Prince of the Republic of Dubrovnik, and a collection of old Dubrovnik coins, medals, seals, coats of arms and weapons. Museum of Ancient Glass in Zadar – the museum is archaeological, but specializes with its exhibition and represents a unique collection of over 5000 different glass objects from antiquity Nikola Tesla Technical Museum in Zagreb, founded on the model of the existing large scientific and technical museums in the world, as a specialized museum of technology Zagreb City Museum (Flash player required) – a permanent exhibition portrays the city in all its aspects, from political, ecclesiastical, historical and economic to architectural-urban, cultural-historical, entertainment and everyday. Croatian Historical Museum – The museum material includes almost 300.000 museum objects systematized in sixteen museum collectionslast_img read more