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May 27, 2016

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May 27, 2016

May 16, 2016 — An entomologist at the University of Arkansas recently collected thirty species of plant-feeding wasps that had not been previously recorded in the state. While many of the species are widely ... read more

May 16, 2016 — Changing a common nursery procedure could increase the survival rate of an endangered tree, suggest ... read more

May 13, 2016 — Researchers at the Australian National University have found possums in New Zealand prefer to eat leaves high in available protein, giving authorities new evidence to help them limit possum damage to ... read more

May 12, 2016 — Scientists say that the high levels of poaching forest elephants will result in a loss of the oldest, wisest matriarchs, who are living libraries of their vast rainforest domain. Without these ... read more

May 12, 2016 — Soybean roots are under attack from two culprits, a parasitic round worm called the soybean cyst nematode, feeds on the roots, and a fungal disease called sudden death syndrome, which inhibits root ... read more

Hedgehogs Are Indeed Not So Widespread in England Any More

May 12, 2016 — There's now more than just anecdotal evidence that England's hedgehog population is feeling the squeeze. In the past 55 years, there has been a moderate decline of up to 7.4 percent in the ... read more

Viruses Detected in Swedish Mosquito Larvae

May 12, 2016 — After an outbreak of Ockelbo disease in northern Sweden in 2013, researchers were able to trace the virus to mosquitoes. In a new study, researchers have shown that mosquito larvae also carry viruses ... read more

May 11, 2016 — If the bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) is consumed by herbivores, the plant secretes a nectar directly from the wounds that attracts ants and thus protects the plant from further feeding ... read more

Global Scientific Community Must Secure Health of Planet, Report Urges

May 10, 2016 — The first annual State of the World's Plants report, which involved more than 80 scientists and took a year to produce, is a baseline assessment of current knowledge on the diversity of plants ... read more

United States Must Step-Up Forest Pest Prevention, New Study Says

May 10, 2016 — Imported forest pests cause billions of dollars in damages each year, and U.S. property owners and municipalities foot most of the bill. Efforts to prevent new pests are not keeping pace with ... read more

May 9, 2016 — Acoustic warning signals emitted by tiger moths to deter bats -- a behavior previously proven only in the laboratory -- actually occur in nature and are used as a defense mechanism, according to new ... read more

May 9, 2016 — A team of scientists using techniques from the field of dentistry is shedding new light on the evolution of walruses, fur seals and sea lions. The researchers have cast further doubt on previous ... read more

Deadly Fungus Threatens African Frogs

May 6, 2016 — Misty mountains, glistening forests and blue-green lakes make Cameroon, the wettest part of Africa, a tropical wonderland for amphibians. Africa has been mostly spared from the deadly and rampant ... read more

May 5, 2016 — An unprecedented number of juvenile sea stars have been observed off the Oregon coast over the past several months -- just two years after one of the most severe marine ecosystem epidemics in ... read more

May 4, 2016 — The 2013-2014 sea star wasting epidemic along the Oregon coast may have been caused by multiple factors and had significant effects on the sea star population and its prey in the area, according to a ... read more

May 4, 2016 — Findings from a new study challenge assumptions about leopards' status, including particularly worrying declines in Asia. Researchers suggest that the species has lost nearly 75% of their ... read more

New Immigrant: Shiny Cowbirds Noted from a Recording Altitude of 2,800 M in Ecuador

May 4, 2016 — Juveniles of Shiny Cowbird, a parasitic bird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds, were spotted in the Andean city of Quito, Ecuador, for the first time. This finding represents an ... read more

May 4, 2016 — While thinking of a name for one of the new wasps she had just discovered with her team, Dr Buntika A. Butcher recalled her long hours of studying in her laboratory right under the poster of her ... read more

May 4, 2016 — Scientists have ranked the world's most 'popular' reptiles, revealing the species that capture the public's imagination and providing valuable quantitative data towards the debate ... read more

Avocado Tree-Destroying Pathogen Now in 61 of 67 Florida Counties

May 4, 2016 — The only Florida counties not to have reported laurel wilt are Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla – all in the Panhandle, reports one expert, who provides homeowners tips on ... read more

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