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Scientists warn of species loss due to man-made landscapes

Study found 35% fewer bird species in agricultural habitats.

Researchers say farmland is a poor substitute for natural areas but simple improvements could make a difference to biodiversity conservation.

Research led by the University of Exeter has found a substantial reduction in bird species living in cultivated mango orchards compared to natural habitats in Southern Africa. 

The results, which are published in the journal Landscape Ecology, highlight the value of assessing habitats prior to land use change to predict the impact of agriculture on biodiversity.

The researchers monitored bird populations across cultivated mango orchards and natural habitats in the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere region in South Africa ( 

They found that replacing a natural habitat with an agricultural landscape can result in a substantial decline in the richness of species living within the region.

The scientists were aimin…

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA : Golden Gate Estates man grows 5lb mango

Richard Eckstein shared news of a 5lb organic mango he said he grew on his Golden Gate Estates property.

Eckstein, who runs Free Fertilizer Inc., a local organic fertilizing service, said he hand-watered the tree that bore the fruit with rainwater.

Eckstein said this is the first year the mango tree has produced fruit.

Eckstein's five-pound fruit could be one of the largest seen in Collier County. 

According to the California Rare Fruit Growers, mangoes typically weigh 8oz to 24oz.

Naples Daily News staff
12:17 PM, Jul 31, 2015
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MEXICO MANGO MAFIA : To Find El Chapo, Mexico Enlists Colombia's Escobar-Hunters

Written by Michael Lohmuller
Friday, 31 July 2015
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An "El Chapo" wanted poster

To aid in the search for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico has solicited advice from the Colombian officials who hunted Pablo Escobar -- an attention-grabbing move that is nonetheless unlikely to improve the government's chances for a quick recapture of the fugitive drug lord. 

Three retired Colombian generals credited for spearheading the manhunt that led to Pablo Escobar’s death in December 1993 traveled to Mexico to share their experiences with authorities searching for El Chaporeported El Pais.

Rosso Jose Serrano and Ismael Trujilly Polanco -- both former directors of Colombia’s National Police -- and Luis Enrique Montenegro, the former head of Colombia’s disbanded secret police (DAS) are credited with taking down top leaders of the Medellin, Cali, and Norte del Valle drug cartels. 

This includes Pablo Escobar, the notorious boss of the Medellin Cartel, and the Rodriguez Ore…