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Biodiversity promotes multitasking in ecosystems
A new study of the complex interplay between organisms and their environment shows that biodiversity--the variety of organisms living on Earth--is even more important to the healthy functioning of ecosystems than previously thought.  View News Article (2015-04-24)

Decreasing biodiversity affects productivity of remaining plants
When plant biodiversity declines, the remaining plants face diminishing productivity, say scientists in study published April 20 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. View News Article (2015-04-21)

Necessity at the roots of innovation: The scramble for nutrients intensifies as soils age
Confronted by extreme scarcity of nutrients in an Australian dune ecosystem, the leaves of different plant species converge on a single efficient strategy to conserve phosphorus, an essential nutrient. View News Article (2015-04-21)

Fishing impacts on the Great Barrier Reef
New research shows that fishing is having a significant impact on the make-up of fish populations of the Great Barrier Reef.  View News Article (2015-04-21)

Don't judge a book -- or a plant -- by its cover!
The kwongan has revealed the dirty secrets of the plant kingdom to University of Montreal and University of Western Australia scientists.  View News Article (2015-04-20)

Let it snow
Five years ago today, the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, scientists have continued to study the effects of the largest environmental disaster in the history of the petroleum industry. View News Article (2015-04-20)

Study puts a price on help nature provides agriculture
A team of international scientists has shown that assigning a dollar value to the benefits nature provides agriculture improves the bottom line for farmers while protecting the environment. View News Article (2015-04-15)

Logging means ants, worms and other invertebrates lose rainforest dominance
Invertebrates perform essential functions for the smooth running of the ecosystems in tropical forests. For example, creatures such as termites and millipedes help dead leaves decompose and release their nutrients back into the soil, and carnivorous ants and spiders act as predators of herbivorous invertebrates that would otherwise munch through all the foliage. View News Article (2015-04-13)

Recipe for saving coral reefs: Add more fish
Fish are the key ingredients in a new recipe to diagnose and restore degraded coral reef ecosystems, according to scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, WCS, James Cook University, and other organizations in a new study in the journal Nature.  View News Article (2015-04-09)

Recovery potential for the world's coral reef fish
A simple test of the number of fish living on a coral reef can be used as a roadmap to restore degraded reefs and fishers' livelihoods according to a global study published in the journal Nature. View News Article (2015-04-09)

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