As many as one hundred wrecks resting on the bottom of the Baltic Sea can be potentially dangerous for the environment. Dozens of them, including the tanker Franken, may be located in the Polish Baltic zone, warn scientists and environmental activists.
Scientists identified five species of fungi, 21 lichens, as well as slime moulds and bryophytes on a branch of relict pine from Sokolica, the symbol of Pieniny, broken off six months ago during a rescue operation. Dr. Jan Bodziarczyk from the University of Agriculture in Kraków told PAP about the detailed results of the studies of the branch.
Foraminifera are single-celled organisms, whose shells can have extremely elaborate shapes. Researchers, including scientists from Kraków, took a sneak peak at the cellular mechanisms that allow Foraminifera to add new "rooms" to their capsule apartments. This research inspires the creation of materials of the future.
Ornithologists from the Baltic Action, which has been setting global trends in bird ringing for years, train their Mexican colleagues. They have just completed the preparation of a comprehensive bird ringing system for this country, Dr. Jarosław Nowakowski from the Baltic Action reports.
In order to effectively protect the areas of natural forests, such as the Białowieża Forest, people need to be made aware of the difference between natural and managed forests and this difference should be incorporated into EU and international law, nature conservation scientists said in Warsaw.