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Loss of diversity near melting coastal glaciers
Melting glaciers are causing a loss of species diversity among benthos in the coastal waters off the Antarctic Peninsula, impacting an entire seafloor ecosystem.  View News Article (2015-11-16)

Competition between 'good bacteria' important for healthy gut, say researchers
Competition between 'good bacteria' important for healthy gut, say researchers View News Article (2015-11-06)

Water-treatment plants are not supposed to harm the functioning of river ecosystems
Despite the fact that the main function of water treatment plants is to clean the polluted waste water produced by human activity, "the effluent from them turns into a source of many pollutants in rivers", explained Ibon Aristi, researcher in the UPV/EHU's department of Plant Biology and Ecology.  View News Article (2015-10-30)

Extinction of Pleistocene herbivores induced major vegetation and landscape changes
The extinction of large herbivores such as mammoths could explain massive prehistoric changes in vegetation and landscape structure.  View News Article (2015-10-27)

Antarctic species threatened by willful misinterpretation of legal treaty
Countries are loosely interpreting the legal meaning of "rational use" of natural resources to escalate fishing efforts in Antarctic waters and hinder efforts to establish marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean, scientists and legal scholars say. View News Article (2015-10-22)

Biodiversity stabilizes ecosystems during climate extremes
Can biodiversity help protect ecosystems from extreme conditions? That question is much on the minds of scientists and policy makers as a changing climate brings more wildly swinging conditions at the same time human activities reduce the number of species available to produce food and oxygen and help keep our planet in balance.  View News Article (2015-10-15)

Evidence for functional redundancy in nature
One of biology's long-standing puzzles is how so many similar species can co-exist in nature. Do they really all fulfill a different role? View News Article (2015-10-09)

Many young fish moving north with adults as climate changes
Numerous studies in the Northeast U.S. have shown that adult marine fish distributions are changing, but few studies have looked at the early life stages of those adult fish to see what is happening to them over time. View News Article (2015-10-05)

Study explores ancient ecosystem response to a 'big 5' mass extinction
As the planet faces the dawn of a sixth mass extinction, scientists are searching for clues about the uncertain road ahead by exploring how ancient ecosystems collapsed and bounced back from traumatic upheavals. View News Article (2015-10-02)

Connecting the dots: Integrated biodiversity data could be the key to a sustainable future
Biodiversity Observation Networks (BONs) have recently become a hot topic on the scene of natural sciences. But what is their role in advancing our knowledge of biodiversity and associated ecosystem services?  View News Article (2015-09-25)

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