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July 28, 2016

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Towards Smarter Crop Plants to Feed the World

July 26, 2016 — Plant scientists have made an important advance in understanding the natural diversity of a key plant enzyme which could help us address the looming threat of global food ... read more

Invasive Garden 'Super Ants' Take Hold Faster Than Ever in UK, New Research Finds

July 26, 2016 — Three new infestations of an invasive garden ant - known for building massive colonies of tens of thousands of insects - have been found in the UK this year, with researchers warning their impact on ... read more

July 26, 2016 — Japanese tadpoles can live and grow in natural hots springs, or onsen, with water temperatures as high as 46.1oC (115oF). Living in onsen may benefit the tadpoles’ immune systems, speed their ... read more

Loss of Habitats and Local Species Extinctions

July 25, 2016 — Unfortunately, loss of plant and animal habitat leads to local species extinctions and a loss of diversity from ecosystems. Fortunately, not all of the extinctions occur at once. Conservation actions ... read more

Can't See the Wood for the Climbers: Vines Threatening Tropical Forests

July 22, 2016 — Woody climbing vines, known as lianas, are preventing tropical forests from recovering and are hampering the ability of forests to store carbon, scientists are warning. Instead of taking decades to ... read more

July 21, 2016 — Ecologists are leading a global effort to predict where new infectious diseases are likely to emerge. In a new paper, they describe how macroecology—the study of ecological patterns and processes ... read more

July 21, 2016 — Using genomic data from three lizard species, researchers gleaned insights not available before on the impact of climate change on the distribution of animal populations in South American forests. ... read more

July 21, 2016 — Prometheus, the mythological Greek heroic deity, has been given a namesake in a new species of tiny rain frog, discovered in southwestern ... read more

July 21, 2016 — Latitude is the main factor which determines the organic pollutant concentration in Antarctic giant petrels – emblematic species in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions – according to a new ... read more

July 20, 2016 — Research comparing pastures with multiple types of plants to those with less variety shows surprising results in land productivity and soil ... read more

July 20, 2016 — A new study of population trends among 46 ecologically diverse bird species in North America overturns a long-held assumption that the climate conditions occupied by a species do not change over ... read more

Ocean Acidification: The Limits of Adaptation

July 20, 2016 — The most abundant single-celled calcifying alga of the world's oceans, Emiliania huxleyi is basically able to adapt to ocean acidification through evolution. However, the longest evolution ... read more

Wolves Seeks Refuge from Hunters During Breeding Periods

July 20, 2016 — Wolves lower the risk of interacting with humans during the reproduction period -- when they are most vulnerable -- and adopt some similar behaviors in their areas, from Alaska to India and ... read more

July 20, 2016 — An unprecedented study combining projections of future climate with more than two million tree-ring records spanning all of North America suggests that forests ache more and more under the burden of ... read more

July 20, 2016 — Human disturbance negatively affects the pollination and seed dispersal of forest trees – an effect that can be observed in both tropical and temperate forests. This is the key result of a ... read more

July 20, 2016 — Both before and after they leave the nest, baby birds face a host of challenges. A new study examining songbird survival in the nestling and fledgling stages finds that even in the same habitat, ... read more

July 20, 2016 — Climate change could make much of the Arctic unsuitable for millions of migratory birds that travel north to breed each year, according to a new international study. Suitable breeding conditions for ... read more

July 19, 2016 — A new study of fossil fishes from Middle Triassic sediments on the shores of Lake Lugano provides new insights into the recovery of biodiversity following the great mass extinction event at the ... read more

July 19, 2016 — Look into any nutrient-rich pond almost anywhere in the world and you will find Daphnia pulex, a tiny crustacean (also called a water flea) that is a source of food for fish and fascination for ... read more

July 19, 2016 — The ability to predict when toads come out of hibernation in southern Canada could provide valuable insights into the future effects of climate change on a range of animals and ... read more

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