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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

Diversity of Habitat Needed Around Spotted Owl Reserves, Study Shows

Apr. 28, 2015 — A new study shows that many bird species, including several of high conservation concern, aren't getting the habitat they need due to a focus on promoting California Spotted Owl habitat in the ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — Fishing is having a significant impact on the make-up of fish populations of the Great Barrier Reef, new research shows. Removing predatory fish such as coral trout and snapper, through fishing, ... read more

Amazon Rainforest Losses Impact on Climate Change, Study Shows

Apr. 21, 2015 — Human activity has removed more than one-tenth of trees and plants from the Amazon rainforest since the 1960s, a study shows. Widespread removal of trees has contributed to a rise in the amount of ... read more

Apr. 20, 2015 — Working among venomous snakes in Australia's Jurien Dunes, researchers ask how biodiverse plants survive in some of the world's worst soils. Their discoveries may help to develop ... read more

Apr. 20, 2015 — Before Deepwater Horizon, scientists didn't know that oil and marine snow had anything to do with each other. "Marine snow is like dust bunnies in the house," explained a research ... read more

Apr. 17, 2015 — It seems unnatural that a species could survive without having sex. Yet over the ages, evolution has endowed females of certain species of amphibians, reptiles and fish with the ability to clone ... read more

Diversity Is Key to Stability, Grassland Study Finds

Apr. 16, 2015 — Researchers looked at 28 years' worth of data on plant growth, number of species, ecosystem stability and exposure to changes in nitrogen, carbon dioxide, fire, grazing and water collected from ... read more

Fish Type, Body Size Can Help Predict Nutrient Recycling Rates

Apr. 16, 2015 — The nutrients excreted by fish in their 'pee' may be critical to the health of coastal ecosystems. But knowing whether generalizations can be made about how to predict these nutrient levels ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — A new study quantifies the amount of carbon stored and released through California forests and wildlands. The results indicate that wildfires and deforestation are contributing more than expected to ... read more

Rainforest Protection Akin to Speed Limit Control

Apr. 16, 2015 — The destruction of the Brazilian rainforest has slowed significantly. With around 5000 square kilometers annually, the loss is now about 80% lower than in 2004. An international team of researchers ... read more

Model Captures How Nitrogen Limitation Affects Hydrological Processes

Apr. 14, 2015 — Rising carbon dioxide levels in the air act as a fertilizer for plants, altering how they use water and interact with the climate. However, an insufficient supply of nitrogen can limit the growth. ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — The common hippopotamus can spend up to 16 hours a day immersed in rivers and lakes. Lumbering out of the water at night, these herbivores graze on tropical grasses and consume 80 to 100 pounds in ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — Monitoring Europe's vast nature protection areas used to be extremely difficult. Thanks to new computer algorithms this can now be done using aircraft and laser ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — Logging slashes the abundance of invertebrates like ants and earthworms, but new research shows vertebrates can take up their roles in the ecosystem. Nearly a half of all tropical rainforests ... read more

Road Salt Guidelines Need Review to Protect Food Chain in Lakes

Apr. 9, 2015 — Lake and highway authorities should consider adjusting road salt use protocols to protect aquatic life such as the water flea, by taking the nutritional status of the lakes into account, experts ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — Fish are the key ingredients in a new recipe to diagnose and restore degraded coral reef ecosystems, according to ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — High human atmospheric nitrogen emissions lead to a reduction of plant diversity, researchers have found, after analyzing plots all over Switzerland. They report that the plant diversity has ... read more

Strategies Identified That Allow Marine Sponge to Survive in Antarctic, Tropical Latitudes

Apr. 7, 2015 — The marine sponge <em>Mycale acerata</em>, common in Antarctic waters, can produce yolk of entirely lipid nature which could favor quick larval development and increase species’ ... read more

How Many Organisms Live in the Sea?

Apr. 6, 2015 — A new measurement method has been developed to estimate the distribution of aquatic animals using droplet digital polymerase chain reaction in order to quantify the number of target DNA copies ... read more

Apr. 3, 2015 — In Central Appalachia, changes in precipitation and temperatures are likely to reduce habitat suitability for some tree species, including iconic species such as American beech, eastern hemlock, ... read more

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