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October 7, 2015

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October 7, 2015

Using, Sharing, New Technologies Is Key for Conservation

Oct. 5, 2015 — Scientists estimate that we are losing species at 1,000 times the natural background rate. New technologies are improving conservation efforts by making it easier, faster, and cheaper to monitor ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Local habitat variability in northwest streams can help shield coastal cutthroat trout from the effects of forest harvest and climate change, a new study has ... read more

Pan-European Species-Directories Infrastructure: Basis for Handling Big Taxonomic Data

Sep. 30, 2015 — Looked down on with scepticism by many taxonomists, handling big data efficiently is a challenge that can only be met with thorough and multi-layered efforts from scientists and technological ... read more

Biodiversity and Carbon Co-Benefits to Improve Sustainable Palm Oil Production

Sep. 22, 2015 — Important new information has been revealed to help conserve biodiversity and facilitate more sustainable palm oil ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — Using a species of butterfly as an example, researchers have demonstrated how insects adapt their offspring to changing environmental conditions. The paper shows that females pass on their own ... read more

Species Extinction Can Doom Parasites Important for Ecosystem Health

Sep. 21, 2015 — The effects of an animal population's extinction may echo beyond the original species, new research finds. Loss of a population could ultimately result in the extinction of parasites -- which ... read more

Sep. 21, 2015 — A review of dozens of key ecological studies has found very little evidence to support one of the field's commonly held beliefs: Cheating is widespread among 'mutualists,' species that ... read more

Sep. 15, 2015 — Researchers have found the types of organisms in Seattle's Elliott Bay change depending on the shoreline nearby, either armored or restored beaches. Young chum salmon adjusted their diets based ... read more

Sep. 15, 2015 — Humans and habitat intersect in the wildland-urban interface, or WUI, a geography that now includes about one-third of homes in the United States within just 10 percent of the nation's land ... read more

Sep. 15, 2015 — Experts estimate the value of ecosystem services worldwide forfeited due to land degradation at US $6.3-10.6 trillion annually, or the equivalent of 10-17 percent of global GDP, a new report ... read more

Sep. 11, 2015 — South Florida is on the front lines in the war against invasive reptiles and amphibians because its warm climate makes it a place where they like to live, a new study shows. Using computer models and ... read more

Sep. 10, 2015 — Researchers have released details of a deep-sea site roughly 48 kilometers (30 miles) west of Del Mar (just north of San Diego, Calif.) where methane is seeping out of the seafloor, the first such ... read more

Tree Planting Can Harm Ecosystems

Sep. 9, 2015 — Although trees are widely promoted to sequester carbon and to meet forest restoration goals, misplaced tree planting and forest expansion in ancient savannas and grasslands threaten biodiversity and ... read more

Ants on the March in Non-Native Conifer Forests

Sep. 8, 2015 — A species of ant is thriving in habitats created by thousands of acres of coniferous forest planted in a UK National Park in the last 60 years, according to new ... read more

Sep. 7, 2015 — Environmental DNA (eDNA) has been used to quantify the proportion of Japanese native common carp to non-native strains from the Eurasian continent. This method is based on single nucleotide ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Biologists have created a stunning gallery of images of some of the moths uncovered by the Bolivian scientific expedition, Identidad ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — In the first study of its kind, new research shows that crop rotations, in isolation from other management factors, can increase the functions performed by soil microbial communities that benefit ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Cornfields with a more diverse insect population have fewer problems with pests, according to a study. The two-year project is the first to use social network analysis to study insect communities in ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Coral reef diversity 'hotspots' in the southwestern Indian Ocean rely more on the biomass of fish than where they are located, researchers say, a conclusion that has major implications for ... read more

Nightly Human-Fox Encounters: Foxes Sighted Mainly in West Vienna

Sep. 2, 2015 — Vienna’s inhabitants have reported about 300 foxes in the urban area to the internet platform during the last three months. These reports demonstrate that wild animals do not ... read more

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