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  • Chimpanzees at the crossroads: Adapt to living outside protected areas
    on May 22, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Research carried out into the impact of changes to chimpanzee habitats found they have adapted to human developments in a number of ways -- including learning how to cross roads safely and the best times to visit human habitats -- but their survival is still threatened. […]

  • Eastern forests shaped more by Native Americans' burning than climate change
    on May 21, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Native Americans' use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate change. […]

  • Extreme draining of reservoir aids young salmon and eliminates invasive fish
    on May 21, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    A new study finds that the low-cost, extreme draining of a reservoir in Oregon aided downstream migration of juvenile chinook salmon -- and led to the gradual disappearance of two species of predatory invasive fish in the artificial lake. […]

  • Ecological factors influences the distribution of lionfish on deep reefs
    on May 21, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Diver-led visual surveys at 11 mesophotic reef sites around Bermuda found that high densities of lionfish were associated with both higher abundances of prey fish and higher prey fish biomass. However, the influence of seawater temperature was found to have the strongest effect on lionfish distribution, with higher lionfish densities recorded at sites with lower bottom temperatures. These results suggest that cold-water upwelling may result in higher abundances of prey fish and lionfish. […]

  • Opposite pathways in forest recovery
    on May 17, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Tropical forests are being deforested at an alarming rate to make way for agriculture; the good news is that they can regrow naturally when the fields are abandoned. An international research team found that regenerating wet and dry forests actually show opposite pathways. This implies a fundamental change in our understanding of how tropical forests change, with consequences for forest restoration and biodiversity. […]

  • A tale of two skeeters
    on May 16, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    A native mosquito in Missouri has fewer parasites when it shares its waters with an interloper, according to new research. […]

  • Global invasion routes of the red swamp crayfish, described based on genetics
    on May 16, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Researchers have identified the main introduction routes of the red swamp crayfish, Procambarus clarkii, during its global-scale invasion. This North American species is the most widely spread freshwater crayfish worldwide and is one of the worst invasive species due to its impact on the structure and functioning of freshwater ecosystems. […]

  • As bumblebee diets narrow, ours could too
    on May 15, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    A new study reveals the loss of plant diversity harms the humble bumblebee at a critical stage in its development from egg to adult. […]

  • Ragweed compounds could protect nerve cells from Alzheimer's
    on May 15, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    As spring arrives in the northern hemisphere, many people are cursing ragweed, a primary culprit in seasonal allergies. But scientists might have discovered a promising new use for some substances produced by the pesky weed. Researchers have identified and characterized ragweed compounds that could help nerve cells survive in the presence of Alzheimer's disease (AD) peptides. […]

  • Species facing climate change could find help in odd place: Urban environments
    on May 14, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Research shows that animals move faster through 'low quality' habitats (fulfilling a minimum of resources for survival) -- evidence that could change the way conservationists think about managing urban landscapes to help species move in response to climate change. […]

  • Escaped pet parrots are now naturalized in 23 US states, study finds
    on May 14, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Research data on bird sightings finds that 56 different parrot species have been spotted in 43 states, and 25 of those species are now breeding in the wild in 23 different states. […]

  • Native plants regenerate on their own after invasive shrubs are removed
    on May 10, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Invasive shrubs have become increasingly prevalent in the deciduous forests of eastern North America -- often creating a dense understory that outcompetes native plants. Many land managers would like to remove the invaders, but worry about whether a costly remediation program will be needed to help the native plant community rebound. […]

  • Antarctic biodiversity hotspots exist wherever penguins and seals poop
    on May 9, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Scientists have found that on the desolate Antarctic peninsula, nitrogen-rich poop from colonies of penguins and seals enriches the soil so well that it helps create biodiversity hotspots throughout the region. […]

  • How sea level rise affects birds in coastal forests
    on May 9, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Saltwater intrusion changes coastal vegetation that provides bird habitat. Researchers found that the transition from forests to marshes along the North Carolina coast due to climate change could benefit some bird species of concern for conservation. […]

  • Finnish researchers discover a new moth family
    on May 9, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Two moth species new to science belonging to a previously unknown genus and family have been found in Kazakhstan, constituting an exceptional discovery. […]

  • Birds outside their comfort zone are more vulnerable to deforestation
    on May 9, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Members of the same bird species can have dramatically different responses to deforestation depending on where they live, finds a new study. […]

  • The secrets of secretion: Isolating eucalyptus genes for oils, biofuel
    on May 8, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Close genetic analysis of 480 blue mallee eucalyptus plants provides clues to modify cultivars for greater yield, whether for essential oils or jet fuel. […]

  • Understanding the power of honey through its proteins
    on May 8, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Honey is a culinary staple that can be found in kitchens around the world. Humans have used honey throughout history, and its long shelf life and medicinal properties make it a unique, multipurpose natural product. Although it seems that a lot is known about the sweet substance, surprisingly little is known about its proteins. Now, researchers report new data on honey proteins that could lead to new medicinal applications. […]

  • Medicinal mushroom discovered in Thailand
    on May 8, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    A species of medicinal mushroom was recorded for the first time in Thailand. Scientists also report the first assessment of the optimum conditions needed for the species to grow its mycelia and spread its colony. […]

  • Genetic adaptation to climate change
    on May 6, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    New research has shown that the threat of range losses for some species as a result of climate change could be overestimated because of the ability of certain animals to adapt to rising temperatures and aridity. […]

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