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February 14, 2016

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February 14, 2016

Uncertainties in Tree-Ring-Based Climate Reconstructions Probed

Jan. 27, 2016 — Current approaches to reconstructing past climate by using tree-ring data need to be improved on so that they can better take uncertainty into account, new research suggests.Tree growth rings are ... 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

Hand Sanitizer, Antifreeze Can Preserve DNA

Jan. 20, 2016 — Many agencies conduct studies involving citizen scientists. Now one such study shows that a few simple products, such as hand sanitizer and antifreeze, can preserve DNA in samples collected by lay ... read more

Jan. 13, 2016 — A new study finds that urban crops in Seattle could only feed between 1 and 4 percent of the city's population, even if all viable backyard and public green spaces were converted to growing ... read more

Jan. 13, 2016 — A new approach to the devastating citrus greening disease has been uncovered by researchers studying a unique application of lasers on citrus leaves. They have found that lasers, when used with the ... read more

Jan. 13, 2016 — Modifying the structure of poplar wood can also alter the endosphere microbiome, the bacteria that reside inside tree tissue, new research shows. In this study, the researchers looked into how trees ... read more

Screening Technique to Reinforce Fight Against Ash Dieback

Jan. 13, 2016 — A pioneering study opens up a new front in the battle against a disease affecting ash trees across Europe. The research identified genetic markers to predict whether specific trees in populations of ... read more

Jan. 12, 2016 — Marine scientists are calling for a re-think of how marine protected areas are planned and coordinated, following a global assessment of the conservation of tropical corals and fishes. Researchers ... read more

Jan. 7, 2016 — Competition for sunlight among rainforest trees leads to the remarkably consistent pattern of tree sizes seen in tropical forests around the globe, researchers have found. The finding help refine ... read more

Jan. 7, 2016 — Researchers report striking new findings about the structure of tropical rainforests and how the trees in them interact with one another. Their study suggests important new recommendations for how ... read more

Jan. 7, 2016 — Trees worldwide compete in some of the same ways, making simpler models of forest response to climate change possible, say researchers. The study demonstrated how 'personal' traits such as ... 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

Tree Characteristics Determine Competition Amongst Forest Trees

Dec. 23, 2015 — Three functional traits – wood density, specific leaf area and maximum height – affect competition in predictable ways across all forested biomes worldwide, new research ... read more

Dec. 21, 2015 — In a broad analysis of climate change scenarios, researchers see a grim future for evergreen forests in the Southwest region of the United States. Using field reports, validated regional predictions ... read more

Dec. 18, 2015 — The extinction of large animals from tropical forests could make climate change worse. New research reveals that a decline in fruit-eating animals such as large primates, tapirs and toucans could ... read more

Snake Bellies Help Scientists Get a Grip

Dec. 17, 2015 — A new study sheds light on how snakes' sharp-edged belly keels improve climbing abilities, which could lead to bio-inspired robotic designs and new methods to prevent snake ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — New research shows how to identify and manage the invasive spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), a pest of grapes, peaches, apples, dogwood, maples, walnut, oak, pines, and other ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — Mountain pine beetle populations have exploded over the past decade, and these insects have infected and killed thousands of acres of western pine forests. Researchers predicted that as trees died, ... read more

Scientist Unravels the Mysteries of a Beetle That Lived Nearly 100 Million Years Ago

Dec. 15, 2015 — By studying a remarkable fossil, a scientist and his German counterparts are unraveling the secrets of an ancient beetle that wandered Earth almost 100 million years ... read more

Citizen Scientists Can Help Protect Native Woodlands, Study Shows

Dec. 15, 2015 — Ablaze with color in autumn and carpeted with bluebells in spring, native woodlands are one of Britain’s most prized natural treasures. Now new research is showing that the public – as well as ... read more

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