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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

US Forest Service Releases Findings on the Effects of Drought for Forests, Rangelands

Feb. 1, 2016 — The US Forest Service has released a new report that provides a national assessment of peer-reviewed scientific research on the impacts of drought on US forests and rangelands. This report will help ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Humans are affecting nature to a greater and greater degree and this is contributing to the reduction of biodiversity globally. To better assess the consequences requires a better understanding of ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — The native ferns that form a lush green understory in coastal redwood forests are well adapted to dry summers and periodic droughts, but California's current prolonged drought has taken a toll ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Traditional fruit gardens planted by indigenous communities in the Malaysian rainforest increase the diversity of the animals who make it their home, research has ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Two endemic tree frog species, not recognized by science until now, have been identified in broadleaf forests in the island country of Taiwan. Unlike their siblings from mainland China and Southern ... read more

Fleeting Fruit in a Tropical Forest

Jan. 28, 2016 — To find energy-rich food, like tropical ripe fruit, is a challenge for chimpanzees, say scientists. A new study reports which cognitive strategies chimpanzees can use to gain privileged access to the ... read more

Landscape Pattern Analysis Reveals Global Loss of Interior Forest

Jan. 28, 2016 — Between 2000 and 2012, the world lost more forest area than it gained, according to researchers who estimated a global net loss of 1.71 million square kilometers of forest -- an area about two and a ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — Conventional methods of stock monitoring are unsuitable for certain fish species. For example, the infestation of an area with invasive Ponto-Caspian gobies cannot be identified in time by standard ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — The first females of a scarcely known chameleon species from Northeast Madagascar have been described. Because of lack of genetic data, X-ray micro-computed tomography scans of the chameleon's ... read more

Earthworms Could Be a Threat to Biodiversity

Jan. 27, 2016 — The humble earthworm may be a threat to plant diversity in natural ecosystems, says a new study. The work found an association between the presence of these European-introduced invertebrates and ... read more

Sequence of Rare Hawaiian Crow's Genome Will Assist Conservation Efforts

Jan. 27, 2016 — Scientists have fully sequenced the genome of the Hawaiian crow. This crow was once reduced to a population of about 20 birds, and the sequencing of the species genome will be important to track any ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — As tropical forests become increasingly broken up by roads, farm fields, pastures and other developments, corridors of trees provide vital pathways for pollinators and contribute to a rich diversity ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — This rare orchid is unique for several reasons. First, it resembles a ghost when its white flower moves at night; hence, it is known as the Ghost Orchid. It is also leafless, and its roots attach to ... read more

Don't Blame Grey Squirrels: Their British Invasion Had Much More to Do With Us

Jan. 26, 2016 — DNA profiling reveals grey squirrels are not as good invaders as we think, and that humans played a much larger role in spreading them through the UK. Grey squirrels were imported to the UK from the ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — Over-hunting large mammals in tropical forests could make climate change worse. Tropical forests worldwide store more than 460 billion tonnes of carbon. Researchers studied the impact of over-hunting ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — Found on a herb bush, a toad of only 24 mm average length, was quick to make its discoverers consider its status as a new species. After identifying its unique morphological and skeletal characters, ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — Using genetic methods, scientists have discovered that the introduced pond slider is capable of reproducing in Europe even outside of the Mediterranean region. The turtle, originally from North ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — A young botanist and seasoned plant expert named a new plant species for a Smithsonian herbarium ... read more

A Predictive Risk Map for the Nematode Parasite Mansonella Perstans in Uganda

Jan. 21, 2016 — Infection with the nematode parasite Mansonella perstans is one of the most neglected of the neglected tropical diseases. Although symptoms are usually mild, the infection can cause swelling, fever, ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — As many as twenty-four new species are added to a single genus of beetles. Originally from the rainforests of Queensland, Australia, most of the specimens have been sitting undescribed in various ... read more

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