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April 27, 2015

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April 27, 2015

Apr. 20, 2015 — The kwongan is a type of bushland that is only found in South-West Australia and is exceptionally rich in terms of biodiversity, despite existing on some of the most infertile soils in the world. Its ... 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

New Research Sheds Light on How Popular Probiotic Benefits the Gut

Apr. 16, 2015 — The gut bacteria Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG has a reputation as a helpful microbe. Now, researchers have come up with an explanation for why. It appears that the bacteria may boost the activity of ... 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

Apr. 15, 2015 — Scientists have demonstrated in field experiments that it is sufficient to alter the expression of certain defense genes in individual plants to protect the whole population and to alter the ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — Assigning a dollar value to the benefits nature provides agriculture improves the bottom line for farmers while protecting the environment, a team of international scientists has shown. The study ... 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. 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

Apr. 7, 2015 — Scientists say they have found proof that different species of earthworms are being used for ecotoxicological tests. Ecotoxicology employs standardized test procedures that work with model organisms ... 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

Bridging the Gap Between Biodiversity Data and Policy Reporting Needs

Apr. 2, 2015 — Reporting under policy instruments to inform on the trends in biodiversity requires information from a range of different elements of biodiversity, from genetically viable populations to the ... read more

Apr. 2, 2015 — A study draws on data from nearly 40 islands and atolls across the central and western Pacific, including 25 unpopulated islands, to investigate the relative influence of environmental variation and ... read more

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