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  • West Nile virus reemerged and spread to new areas in Greece in 2017
    on April 21, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    West Nile virus (WNV), which is transmitted via mosquito bites, reemerged and spread to new territories of Greece in 2017 following a two-year hiatus in reported human cases, according to new findings. Greece provides the appropriate ecological and climatic conditions for WNV circulation. The virus has been established in Greece and disease transmission may continue in the future. […]

  • Bottlenose dolphins recorded for the first time in Canadian Pacific waters
    on April 20, 2018 at 3:38 am

    A large group of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) have been spotted in Canadian Pacific waters -- the first confirmed occurrence of the species in this area. […]

  • Museum researchers rediscover animal not seen in 30 years
    on April 19, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Researchers have rediscovered the San Quintin kangaroo rat (Dipodomys gravipes) in Baja California. The Museum is partnering with Terra and local authorities on a conservation plan for the species, which was last seen in 1986, and was listed as endangered by the Mexican government in 1994. It was held as an example of modern extinction due to agricultural conversion. […]

  • Better species mapping can improve conservation efforts
    on April 18, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    The scientific models that ecologists and conservation biologists rely on to determine which species and habitats to protect lack critical information to help them make effective decisions, according to a new study. […]

  • Solving a pollinator puzzle
    on April 18, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Welsh scientists piecing together the giant jigsaw puzzle of plant pollination are a step closer to knowing how it all fits thanks to a new article. […]

  • Coal mining reduces abundance, richness of aquatic life
    on April 18, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Coal mining, under current US regulations, has significantly reduced the abundance and variety of fish, invertebrates, salamanders, and other aquatic life in streams, according to a new study. […]

  • How well does the greater sage grouse habitat protects other species?
    on April 18, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Protected areas for sage grouse don't necessarily serve the needs of other species that depend on sagebrush habitat, showing that the bird might not be as much of an umbrella species as had been assumed. […]

  • Cities and communities in the US losing 36 million trees a year
    on April 18, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Nationally, urban/community tree cover declined from 42.9 percent to 42.2 percent between 2009-2014. This translates to losing an estimated 36 million trees or approximately 175,000 acres of tree cover annually. […]

  • Honeybees are struggling to get enough good bacteria
    on April 17, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Modern monoculture farming, commercial forestry and even well-intentioned gardeners could be making it harder for honeybees to store food and fight off diseases, a new study suggests. […]

  • Warming climate could speed forest regrowth in eastern US
    on April 16, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Warming climate could speed the natural regrowth of forests on undeveloped or abandoned land in the eastern United States, according to a new study. Previous research has shown that the succession from field to forest can happen decades sooner in the southeastern US than in the Northeast. But it wasn't obvious why. A new study points to temperature as the major factor influencing the pace of reforestation. […]

  • Logging in tropical forests jeopardizing drinking water
    on April 16, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Researchers have found that increasing land clearing for logging in Solomon Islands -- even with best management strategies in place -- will lead to unsustainable levels of soil erosion and significant impacts to downstream water quality. […]

  • Climate change mitigation project threatens local ecosystem resilience in Ethiopia
    on April 16, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    To increase forest cover in the Global South in order to mitigate climate change does not always have positive effects, as shown in a new study in southern Ethiopia. It can also threaten biodiversity and the survival of unique alpine plants. […]

  • A new hope: One of North America's rarest bees has its known range greatly expanded
    on April 16, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    The Macropis cuckoo bee is one of the rarest bees in North America, partly because of its specialized ecological associations. It is a nest parasite of oil-collecting bees of the genus Macropis which, in turn, are dependent on oil-producing flowers of the genus Lysimachia. However, new data greatly expands the known range of the cuckoo, and has implications for its conservation status. […]

  • Predicting which trees are at greatest risk of beetle invasion
    on April 16, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    This study shows that the composition of forests is more important than other factors when predicting where the destructive pest will strike next. […]

  • Extreme climate variability destabilizing West Coast ecosystems
    on April 13, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Extreme climate variability over the last century in western North America may be destabilizing both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. […]

  • Newly identified bacteria may help bees nourish their young
    on April 13, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Researchers have isolated three previously unknown bacterial species from wild bees and flowers. The bacteria, which belong to the genus Lactobacillus, may play a role in preserving the nectar and pollen that female bees store in their nests as food for their larvae. […]

  • Deeper understanding of species roles in ecosystems
    on April 12, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    A species' traits define the role it plays in the ecosystem in which it lives -- this is the conclusion of a new study. New methods can make it easier to predict the ecological role that a species will play when it is introduced, by accident or design, into a new habitat. […]

  • Tree rings provide vital information for improved climate predictions
    on April 11, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Using a decade-long sequence of annual growth rings from pine trees, scientists have introduced a highly advanced technique for tracking the carbon metabolism of plants and its environmental controls. […]

  • Biodiversity: 3 new rainbow chameleon species discovered
    on April 11, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Madagascar is a chameleon paradise. A team of researchers has now discovered three new species, among them a beautifully colored rainbow chameleon. These species are all restricted to very small ranges, and are probably highly threatened. […]

  • Rats, cats, and people trade-off as main course for mosquitoes in Baltimore, Md.
    on April 10, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Understanding how neighborhood dynamics regulate mosquito bites is key to managing diseases like West Nile virus and Zika virus. Today in Parasites & Vectors, researchers report that in Baltimore, Md., socioeconomic differences between neighborhoods influence bite risk, with rats being a primary blood meal source in lower income neighborhoods. […]

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