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August 1, 2015

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August 1, 2015

Treating Ships' Ballast Water: Filtration Preferable to Disinfection

July 30, 2015 — Untreated ballast water discharge from ships can spread living organisms and even pathogens across the world thereby introducing non-native or invasive species into the local environment. Scientists ... read more

July 27, 2015 — A logging company has agreed to begin dismantling abandoned logging roads currently being used by poachers to access prime Amur (Siberian) tiger habitat in the Russian Far ... read more

July 21, 2015 — Two new tropical plants species from the large and complex genus Hoya were found in Borneo. H. ruthiae is characterized by its lack of colored milk-like fluid and H. bakoensis -- with its strict ... read more

Controlled Burns Increase Invasive Grass in Hardwood Forests

July 21, 2015 — Controlled burning is widely used to maintain biodiversity and enhance regeneration of important deciduous tree species such as oak and hickory, but a recent study found that this practice also ... read more

July 20, 2015 — An international team conducted a research into the two parasitoid wasp genera Microplitis and Snellenius, concluding that although sometimes indistinguishable in practice, the two taxa are actually ... read more

July 20, 2015 — Marine species that already roam far and wide throughout our oceans are extending their territories further and faster in response to climate change, according to new research an international team ... read more

Basketmakers' Tradition of Storing Black Ash Logs in Water Effective in Killing Emerald Ash Borer

July 17, 2015 — Working with artisans from the Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan near Gun Lake, Mich., American scientists tested the traditional practice of storing black ash logs ... read more

Climate Change Just One of Many Risks to Trees in the Tropical Andes

July 16, 2015 — Scientists have provided the first robust assessment of climate change impacts on extinction risk in the tropical Andes, an area of global importance for biodiversity. ... read more

July 16, 2015 — In the remote, poorly explored and unprotected forests of Sorata, northern Madagascar, there are some bizarre and unknown animals lurking around. A new species of diamond frog has just joined their ... read more

July 16, 2015 — A revision of the Pteridaceae fern family from Togo was performed with recent field data and herbaria specimens from Lome and Paris. The study provides the first local scientific information on ... read more

July 15, 2015 — Drawing inspiration from a class on coarse-graining methods in physics, researchers realized that the technique could be used to understand how microbes evolve over time. The results reveal microbial ... read more

July 15, 2015 — A mixture of bitumen and gasoline-like solvents known as dilbit that flows through Prairie pipelines can seriously harm fish populations, according to new ... read more

July 15, 2015 — A team of Japanese scientists found and described a new species of scarab beetle from Cambodia. The beetle was named after Venus -- the Roman goddess of beauty and love -- to complement a previously ... read more

Boosting Nutrients Gives a Leg Up to Invasive Species

July 15, 2015 — Species invasions come at a high cost. In the United States, the annual cost to the economy tops $100 billion a year and invasive plant infestations affect 100 million acres. Basic questions remain ... read more

July 14, 2015 — Biologists have assessed the causes of growth decline of a pine forest of great ecological interest in ... read more

Eating Wild, Foraged Mushrooms Can Result in Liver Failure or Death as Misidentification Is Common

July 13, 2015 — Foraging and eating wild mushrooms can result in liver failure and even death because mistaking toxic mushrooms for edible varieties is common, illustrates a recent ... read more

Invasions out of Center of Diversity Increase Risk of Disease Epidemics in Wheat

July 13, 2015 — Scientists have found that strains of the wheat pathogen causing severe yellow rust epidemics in Europe have their origin in the center of diversity in the Himalayan region. It seems that the fungus ... read more

July 9, 2015 — The world's monitored seabird populations have dropped 70 percent since the 1950s, a stark indication that marine ecosystems are not doing well, new research ... read more

Spawning Frequency Regulates Species Population Networks on Coral Reefs

July 8, 2015 — Releasing larvae more often is beneficial for a species' network, new research on tropical coral reef ecosystems shows. The study on reproductive strategies is critical to assess the ... read more

Wild Fish Ecosystems Resist Impact of Biodiversity Loss, May Be Masking Serious Rapid Decline in Fish Production Potential

July 8, 2015 — New mathematics model shows that as the fish diversity of complex marine food webs declines, fish production resists the change, masking ultimate rapid ... read more

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