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August 28, 2016

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August 28, 2016

Habitat Quality Drives Birds' Reproductive Success

May 18, 2016 — Five songbird species in California's oak woodlands each seek out a different habitat to maximize their reproductive success, according to new ... read more

Paperbark Tree to Unlock Climate Change

Apr. 22, 2016 — Synonymous with the Australian landscape, the paperbark tree is most recognized for its distinctive bark, but it is the leaves that have found themselves at the center of research which could provide ... read more

Biofuel Producers With Poor Soil Should Consider Prairie Cordgrass

Mar. 31, 2016 — Most prime agricultural land is used to produce food crops, leaving biofuel producers to establish crops on marginal land. The soil on marginal land is often salty, making crop production difficult. ... read more

Mar. 31, 2016 — Cropland recycles less water into the atmosphere than native vegetation in Brazil's wooded savannas, which could lead to less rain in the region as agriculture expands, a new study ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — Rising levels of atmospheric nitrogen pollution threaten plant diversity at nearly one-quarter of sites across a widespread portion of the US, according a new ... read more

Ancient Bones Point to Shifting Grassland Species as Climate Changes

Mar. 25, 2016 — More rainfall during the growing season may have led to one of the most significant changes in Earth's vegetation in the distant past, and similar climate changes could affect the distribution ... read more

Lake Erie Phosphorus-Reduction Targets Challenging but Achievable

Mar. 22, 2016 — Large-scale changes to agricultural practices will be required to meet the goal of reducing levels of algae-promoting phosphorus in Lake Erie by 40 percent, a new multi-institution computer modeling ... read more

Mar. 16, 2016 — Researchers recently released 40 varieties of early-flowering sorghum bred for use in cooler, more temperate areas. These early-flowering varieties of sorghum are critical for the spread of the crop ... read more

Mar. 15, 2016 — The circular, barren patches of land, forming a highly regular pattern over the dry grassland of Namibia, were thought to be the only ones of their kind anywhere in the world. But a new study shows ... read more

Feb. 29, 2016 — Grasslands across North America will face higher summer temperatures and widespread drought by the end of the century, according to a new study. But those negative effects in vegetation growth will ... read more

Feb. 25, 2016 — The erosion of large natural channels by flowing water -- gully erosion -- can wreak havoc on fields, roads, and buildings. In some cases, the sudden expansion of gullies even claims human lives. ... read more

Soil Mapping May Indicate Success of Brush Control Method

Feb. 23, 2016 — Mapping the long-term reaction of woody plants to brush-control techniques can help landowners prioritize management practices to maximize the effectiveness of costly brush reduction, according to a ... read more

Feb. 19, 2016 — Between 1947 and 1956, researchers conducted their prairie relic study, surveying more than 200 undisturbed prairie remnants in Wisconsin. Today a graduate student has published a third survey based ... read more

Feb. 18, 2016 — A widespread and permanent loss of forests in Madagascar that occurred 1,000 years ago was due not to climate change or any natural disaster, but to human settlers who set fire to the forests to make ... read more

Feb. 17, 2016 — The regions in the United States where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing effects on aquatic ecosystems have now been outlined by a group of ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — A dynamic model that focuses on site scale conservation has been developed to give conservation decision-makers the capacity to assess multiple interacting stressors at the local scale, identify the ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Radical ways of removing CO2 from the atmosphere could prove to be a risky business -- according to an environmental scientist. Techniques put forward include growing crops to be burned in power ... read more

Second-Generation Biofuels Can Reduce Emissions

Jan. 11, 2016 — Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, ... read more

Peering Into the Amazon's Future

Jan. 4, 2016 — A new model, based on the effect of water stress on individual trees, suggests the change in the Amazon due to climate change would be a gradual transition from high-biomass forests to low-biomass ... read more

Growing Crops on Organic Soils Increases Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Say Scientists

Dec. 17, 2015 — Drained organic soils are a considerable source of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, say researchers. Reducing the emission from cultivated organic soils is an obvious ... read more

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