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Honeybees are struggling to get enough good bacteria
Modern monoculture farming, commercial forestry and even well-intentioned gardeners could be making it harder for honeybees to store food and fight off diseases, a new study suggests. (2018-04-17)
Marine fish won an evolutionary lottery 66 million years ago, UCLA biologists report
Why do the Earth's oceans contain such a staggering diversity of fish of so many different sizes, shapes, colors and ecologies? (2018-04-17)
What's in a niche? Time to rethink microbial ecology, say researchers
Scientists in Canada, the United States and Europe are looking to rewrite the textbook on microbial ecology. (2018-04-16)
How social media helps scientists get the message across
Analyzing the famous academic aphorism 'publish or perish' through a modern digital lens, a group of emerging ecologists and conservation scientists wanted to see whether communicating their new research discoveries through social media -- primarily Twitter -- eventually leads to higher citations years down the road. (2018-04-12)
Deeper understanding of species roles in ecosystems
A species' traits define the role it plays in the ecosystem in which it lives -- this is the conclusion of a study carried out by researchers at Linköping University, Sweden. (2018-04-12)
How cheetahs outsmart lions and hyenas
Cheetahs in the Serengeti National Park adopt different strategies while eating to deal with threats from top predators such as lions or hyenas. (2018-04-10)
1C rise in atmospheric temperature causes rapid changes to world's largest High Arctic lake
An interdisciplinary team of scientists examining everything from glaciology to freshwater ecology discovered drastic changes over the past decade to the world's largest High Arctic lake. (2018-04-06)
Facilitating coral restoration
Global declines of coral reefs -- particularly in the Caribbean -- have spurred efforts to grow corals in underwater nurseries and transplant them to enable recovery. (2018-04-04)
Dolphins tear up nets as fish numbers fall
Fishing nets suffer six times more damage when dolphins are around - and overfishing is forcing dolphins and fishermen ever closer together, new research shows. (2018-03-29)
Themed issue lays foundation for emerging field of collective movement ecology
Collective movement is one of the great natural wonders on Earth and has long captured our imaginations. (2018-03-26)
Rapid adaptation
Biologists discover that female purple sea urchins prime their progeny to succeed in the face of stress. (2018-03-26)
Insects could help us find new yeasts for big business
Yeasts are tiny fungi -- but they play key roles in producing everything from beer and cheese to industrial chemicals and biofuels. (2018-03-21)
A method for predicting the impact of global warming on disease
Scientists have devised a new method that can be used to better understand the likely impact of global warming on diseases mediated by parasites, such as malaria. (2018-03-20)
Fussy eating prevents mongoose family feuds
Mongooses living in large groups develop 'specialist' diets so they don't have to fight over food, new research shows. (2018-03-14)
Instability of wildlife trade does not encourage trappers to conserve natural habitats
The collection of wildlife for trade is unreliable and financially risky, thus limiting opportunities to incentivise biodiversity conservation at a local level, according to research by the University of Kent. (2018-03-07)
Research brief: Shifting tundra vegetation spells change for arctic animals
For nearly two decades, scientists have noted dramatic changes in arctic tundra habitat. (2018-03-06)
Great mystery unravelled: Most viruses and bacteria fall from the sky
The mechanisms responsible for the dispersal of these microorganisms at the global scale are still practically unknown. (2018-03-01)
Nuptial gifts beat pheromones
Unlike many other species, male hunting spiders do not use chemical signals such as sex pheromones to attract a mate. (2018-03-01)
Climate change, evolution, and what happens when researchers are also friends
A new study in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, which addresses how climate change is affecting the evolution of organisms, underscores the need for evolutionary, ecosystem and climate scientists to work together to better understand eco-evolutionary feedback dynamics. (2018-02-20)
What fluffy bunnies can tell us about domestication: It didn't go the way you think
It turns out that nobody knows when rabbits were domesticated. (2018-02-14)
Snacking snakes act as 'ecosystem engineers' in seed dispersal
Despite the bad rap snakes often get, they are more central to ecology than most people realize. (2018-02-08)
Rutgers scientists discover 'Legos of life'
Rutgers scientists have found the 'Legos of life' -- four core chemical structures that can be stacked together to build the myriad proteins inside every organism -- after smashing and dissecting nearly 10,000 proteins to understand their component parts. (2018-01-22)
Future climate change revealed by current climate variations
Uncertainty surrounding the extent of future climate change could be dramatically reduced by studying year-on-year global temperature fluctuations, new research has shown. (2018-01-17)
New studies aim to boost social science methods in conservation research
Scientists have produced a series of papers designed to improve research on conservation and the environment. (2018-01-11)
Taking stock of a thorny issue
A new book exploring the best scientific research on preventing coral-eating Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish (COTS) outbreaks, is expected to become a critical resource for informing management of these outbreaks across the Indo-Pacific. (2017-12-21)
Researchers begin isolating blood-feeding and non-biting genes in mosquitoes
Researchers have taken the first step on a path that eventually could result in female mosquitoes that no longer bite and spread diseases. (2017-12-18)
Study: Forest resilience declines in face of wildfires, climate change
The research team said that with a warming climate, forests are losing their resilience to wildfires. (2017-12-14)
African deforestation not as great as feared
The loss of forests in Africa in the past century is substantially less than previously estimated, an analysis of historical records and paleontology evidence by Yale researchers shows. (2017-12-11)
Study finds variation within species plays critical role in health of ecosystems
Concerns about biodiversity tend to focus on the loss of species, but a new study suggests that the loss of variation within species can also have important and unexpected consequences on the environment. (2017-12-11)
Deadly cryptococcal fungi found in public spaces in South Africa
This is the first time that both Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii have been found in such large numbers on trees in South Africa. (2017-12-06)
Study finds variation within species is a critical aspect of biodiversity
Concerns about biodiversity tend to focus on the loss of species from ecosystems, but a new study suggests that the loss of variation within species can also have important ecological consequences. (2017-12-05)
Men with HPV are 20 times more likely to be reinfected after one year
An analysis of HPV in men shows that infection with one type strongly increased the risk of reinfection of the same type. (2017-12-05)
Invasive plants have unprecedented ability to pioneer new continents and climates
'This could be a game-changer for invasive species risk assessment and conservation,' one researcher says. (2017-12-04)
Polar bear blogs reveal dangerous gap between climate-change facts and opinions
Climate-change discussions on social media are very influential. A new study in BioScience shows that when it comes to iconic topics such as polar bears and retreating sea ice, climate blogs fall into two distinct camps. (2017-11-29)
Maize pest exploits plant defense compounds to protect itself
The western corn rootworm continues to be on the rise in Europe. (2017-11-27)
Climate change models of bird impacts pass the test
A major study looking at changes in where UK birds have been found over the past 40 years has validated the latest climate change models being used to forecast impacts on birds and other animals. (2017-11-21)
What makes soil, soil? Researchers find hidden clues in DNA
Ever wondered what makes a soil, soil? And could soil from the Amazon rainforest really be the same as soil from your garden? (2017-11-20)
Plant respiration could become a bigger feedback on climate than expected
New research suggests that plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warns that as the world warms, this may reduce the ability of Earth's land surface to absorb emissions due to fossil fuel burning. (2017-11-17)
Warmer water signals change for Scotland's shags
An increasingly catholic diet among European shags at one of Scotland's best-studied breeding colonies has been linked to long-term climate change and may have important implications for Scotland's seabirds. (2017-11-17)
Additive manufacturing and sustainability: The environmental implications of 3-D printing
In a new special issue, Yale's Journal of Industrial Ecology presents the cutting-edge research on this emerging field, providing important insights into its environmental, energy, and health impacts. (2017-11-14)
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