In the Galapagos Islands, one of the world's greatest havens for biodiversity, conservationists have turned poisoners – they dropped 12 tons of poisoned rat food on Pinzon Island in November, in a an attempt to eradicate the rat population that has terrorized the indigenous wildlife since it was introduced, probably by pirate ships, centuries ago.
Deutsche Welle (Oct. 7, 2013) Ecuador's Galapagos Islands are a Unesco World Heritage site and home to flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. But one in five native plants as well as nearly 50 percent of its endemic ... watch video
AFP (June 20, 2013) The Galapagos Marine Reserve lies a thousand kilometers from the Ecuadorian mainland and is home to 33 shark species, many of them endangered. In order to understand how the sharks live and protect ... watch video
GlobalPost (Apr. 17, 2011) The Galapagos Islands are one of the few pristine archipelagos where the original biodiversity has been preserved. However, it is experiencing a crisis in trying to conserve its natural ... watch video
Newsy (Oct. 29, 2014) The Galapagos tortoise has made a stupendous recovery from the brink of extinction to a population of more than 1,000. But it still faces threats.
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Oct. 13, 2015 A team of marine scientists has discovered four new deep-water coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean using the power of predictive mathematical models. Located at depths of up to ... read more
Oct. 7, 2015 Researchers have developed a method to obtain a clean organic fertilizer that is able to regenerate degraded soil caused by overharvesting. This compound is biodegradable, insoluble and harmless to ... read more
Oct. 12, 2015 Researchers have evaluated how wheat moved along rail networks in the United States and Australia. Through their analysis, they identified U.S. states that are particularly important for sampling and ... read more
Oct. 8, 2015 One of biology's long-standing puzzles is how so many similar species can co-exist in nature. Do they really all fulfill a different role? Massive data on beetles now provide ... read more
Oct. 12, 2015 Although useful to Tarzan, vines endanger tropical forests' capacity to store carbon. In a major experimental study in Panama, researchers showed that woody vines, or lianas, ... read more
Sep. 26, 2013 Species living in rainforest fragments could be far more likely to disappear than was previously thought, says an international team of scientists. In a study spanning two decades, the researchers ... read more
June 29, 2013 The study shows that Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) are more prone to starvation because of exposure to human influences like pets and pollution. These can impair the level of their ... read more