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Oryx: The Conservationist’s Journal Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation, published quarterly by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Fauna & Flora International, is a leading scientific journal of biodiversity conservation, conservation policy and sustainable use, with a particular interest in material that has the potential to improve conservation management and practice. The website www.oryxthejournal.org plays a vital role in the journal’s capacity-building work. Amongst the site’s many attributes is a compendium of sources of free software for researchers and details of how to access Oryx at reduced rates or for free in developing countries. The website also includes extracts from Oryx issues published 10, 25 and 50 years ago, and a gallery of research photographs that provide a fascinating insight into the places, species and people described in the journal. The January issue of Oryx is made freely available on the Cambridge Journals website each year. The January 2014 issue of Oryx, which contains 17 research articles as well as a range of other material, is available until the end of December 2014. Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation on Facebook Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation on Twitter
The cover image for the July 2014 issue of Oryx hints at a possible future scenario in which the biodiversity conservation and synthetic biology communities join forces to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems such as species extinctions, disease transmission, land degradation and climate change. This theme is explored in the lead article by Kent Redford et al., in which the authors reflect on the differences between the two communities and consider the potential opportunities and risks associated with conservation approaches based on synthetic biology, which involves the construction of new biological components and engineering of natural systems. In the editorial, Jonathan Hanson and David McNair address the question ‘Should conservationists continue to dodge the issue of tax dodging?’. They argue that tax evasion has direct implications for biodiversity loss and conservation, as many conservation NGOs are dependent on tax-funded grants and lose out when limited funding is redirected to other departments such as health and infrastructure in response to a shortfall in tax revenue. The links between tax evasion and poor governance are also considered in a conservation context. The issue also includes special sections on forests and plants, carnivores, and tapirs, as well as articles on measuring trends in wild species subject to substantial use, recovery strategy targets for threatened species in Canada, the role of elephant pathways as a spatial variable in crop-raiding location, the recovery of a taruka population in Bolivia, the conservation status of bats in Fiji, and the effects of hunting camps on breeding grey-necked picathartes. Read the full list of articles in the July issue of Oryx.
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