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Bee biodiversity barometer on Fiji
The biodiversity buzz is alive and well in Fiji, but climate change, noxious weeds and multiple human activities are making possible extinction a counter buzzword. (2019-09-23)
Water may be scarce for new power plants in Asia
Climate change and over-tapped waterways could leave developing parts of Asia without enough water to cool power plants in the near future, new research indicates. (2019-09-20)
Researchers alter mouse gut microbiomes by feeding good bacteria their preferred fibers
Humans choose food based on the way it looks, smells, and tastes. (2019-09-19)
To grow or to flower: Genes IDed in early land plant descendant also found in modern crops
Since they first arrived on land, plants have likely been using the same genetic tools to regulate whether they grow bigger or reproduce. (2019-09-19)
Nearly three billion fewer birds in North America since 1970
North America has lost nearly three billion birds since 1970, according to a new report, which also details widespread population declines among hundreds of North American bird species, including those once considered abundant. (2019-09-19)
Division by subtraction: Extinction of large mammal species likely drove survivors apart
A new study in Science suggests that the extinctions of mammoths, dire wolves and other large mammal species in North America drove surviving species to distance themselves from their neighbors, reducing interactions as predators and prey, territorial competitors or scavengers. (2019-09-19)
Grains in the rain
Of the major food crops, only rice is currently able to survive flooding. (2019-09-19)
Coastal birds can weather the storm, but not the sea
Coastal birds survive because their populations can absorb impacts and recover quickly from hurricanes--even storms many times larger than anything previously observed. (2019-09-18)
Wilderness areas halve extinction risk
The global conservation community has been urged to adopt a specific target to protect the world's remaining wilderness areas to prevent large scale loss of at-risk species. (2019-09-18)
MSU research team discovers new microbe in wheat stem sawfly
Montana State University researchers Carl Yeoman and David Weaver published a paper with a group of colleagues in August discussing the potential ramifications of the discovery for combating the damage done by these sawflies each year. (2019-09-18)
Scientists identify previously unknown 'hybrid zone' between hummingbird species
We usually think of a species as being reproductively isolated -- that is, not mating with other species in the wild. (2019-09-17)
Fungicides as an underestimated hazard for freshwater organisms
Large amounts of fungicides, used in agriculture, leak into nearby surface waters. (2019-09-17)
The effects of variation in T6SS and bacteria on competition in host environment
A group of scientists studying the ways plant-associated bacteria interact were surprised to find that strains predicted to be more sensitive to bacteria were able to coexist with aggressor strains. (2019-09-17)
A Matter of concentration
Researchers are studying how proteins regulate the stem cells of plants. (2019-09-17)
Peatlands trap CO2, even during droughts
French scientists studied the two species of moss that make up the peatland. (2019-09-17)
UM study abroad students fuel understanding of gaps in conservation data
A new collaborative study between students from University of Montana and the Universidad de Concepcion in Chile seeks to understand the type and magnitude of gaps in scientific information as a way to improve conservation planning. (2019-09-17)
Eco-friendly method for the synthesis of iron oxide nanoparticles
Environmentally Friendly Way of Synthesizing Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Was Developed. (2019-09-16)
Study: We need more realistic experiments on the impact of climate change on ecosystems
When it comes to the impact of climate change on ecosystems, we still have large knowledge gaps. (2019-09-16)
Study shows importance of tailoring treatments to clearly defined weed control objectives
A new study in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management shows that working smarter, not harder, can lead to better control of invasive weeds. (2019-09-16)
Palmer amaranth's molecular secrets reveal troubling potential
Corn, soybean, and cotton farmers shudder at the thought of Palmer amaranth invading their fields. (2019-09-16)
Harnessing tomato jumping genes could help speed-breed drought-resistant crops
Once dismissed as 'junk DNA' that served no purpose, a family of 'jumping genes' found in tomatoes has the potential to accelerate crop breeding for traits such as improved drought resistance. (2019-09-16)
Compounds extracted from Cerrado plant combat fungus that causes candidiasis
Four substances isolated from Mimosa caesalpiniifolia were found to be more effective against thrush and candida than was fluconazole. (2019-09-16)
Ecologist revives world's longest running succession study
With a grant from National Geographic, CU Denver assistant professor assembled a team to hunt down and expand eight long-forgotten, 103-year-old succession plots. (2019-09-16)
Hiding in plain sight
Early rice growers unwittingly gave barnyard grass a big hand, helping to give root to a rice imitator that is now considered one of the world's worst agricultural weeds. (2019-09-16)
Short-term study suggests vegan diet can boost gut microbes related to body weight, body composition and blood sugar control
New research presented at this year's Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Barcelona, Spain (Sept. (2019-09-16)
Victorian hog deer genetics revealed
Australian researchers looking for a genetic lifeline to endangered hog deer species endemic to Pakistan, northern India and mainland southeast Asia have found widespread hybridisation of the species in Victoria. (2019-09-16)
New review highlights benefits of plant-based diet for rheumatoid arthritis
A plant-based diet may alleviate painful symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new review published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition. (2019-09-12)
Neonicotinoid insecticides cause rapid weight loss and travel delays in migrating songbirds
Songbirds exposed to imidacloprid, a widely used neonicotinoid insecticide, exhibit anorexic behavior, reduced body weight and delays in their migratory itinerary, according to a new study. (2019-09-12)
Breeders release new flaxseed cultivar with higher yield
The crop has many uses as plant-based food and fiber. (2019-09-11)
Soil scientist researches nature versus nurture in microorganisms
Ember Morrissey, assistant professor of environmental microbiology at West Virginia University, uncovered that nature significantly affects how the tiny organisms under our feet respond to their current surroundings. (2019-09-11)
Advanced breeding paves the way for disease-resistant beans
ETH researchers are involved in the development and implementation of a method to efficiently breed for disease-resistant beans in different regions of the world. (2019-09-11)
Conserving rare species for the maintenance of Mediterranean forests
This study has shown the importance of conserving rare species for the maintenance of complex ecosystems like Mediterranean forests. (2019-09-11)
Aphid-stressed pines show different secondary organic aerosol formation
Plants emit gases, called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), that enter the atmosphere, where they can interact with other natural and human-made molecules to form secondary organic aerosols (SOAs). (2019-09-11)
Scientists solve lingering mystery of poorly understood frog
An international team of scientists, led by researchers at McMaster University, has solved a centuries-old mystery of 'Fraser's Clawed Frog', an unusual and elusive species found in West Africa. (2019-09-11)
Digital records of preserved plants and animals change how scientists explore the world
There's a whole world behind the scenes at natural history museums that most people never see -- millions upon millions of dinosaur bones, pickled sharks, dried leaves, and every other part of the natural world.These specimens are used in research by scientists trying to understand how different kinds of life evolved and how we can protect them. (2019-09-11)
Giant kangaroo had crushing bites
An in-depth analysis of the skull biomechanics of a giant extinct kangaroo demonstrates that the animal had a capacity for high-performance crushing of foods, suggesting feeding behaviors more similar to a giant panda than a modern-day kangaroo. (2019-09-11)
New study examines how species colonize habitats opened by anthropogenic land cover change
As plants expand into new open habitats, geographical and climatic factors may matter more than species-specific traits, according to a study published September 11, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Miki Nomura of the University of Otago in New Zealand, and colleagues. (2019-09-11)
Topography could save sensitive saguaros as climate changes
By studying nearly five decades of data on more than 5,800 saguaros dotting Tumamoc Hill, researchers found that small variations in the hill's topography might buffer saguaro populations from the impacts of climate change. (2019-09-11)
Raising a glass to grapes' surprising genetic diversity
Here's a discovery well worth toasting: A research team led by Professor Brandon Gaut with the University of California, Irvine and Professor Dario Cantu with the University of California, Davis has deciphered the genome of the Chardonnay grape. (2019-09-10)
What the noggin of modern humans' ancestor would have looked like
Despite having lived about 300,000 years ago, the oldest ancestor of all members of our species had a surprisingly modern skull -- as suggested by a model created by CNRS researcher Aurélien Mounier and Cambridge University professor Marta Mirazón Lahr. (2019-09-10)
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