Quality of biodiversity, not just quantity, is key
For years, scientists have believed that preserving more species, no matter which ones, is a key component to enhancing how well an ecosystem performs.
Benefit of bees even bigger than thought
Bees have a much greater economic value than is widely known, according to a scientific probe into strawberry-growing published on Wednesday.
Study: Loss of wetland biodiversity increases disease risk in frogs
Amphibians in species-poor wetlands have a higher risk of becoming infected with a virulent parasite than those in wetlands with a rich diversity of species, according to a Purdue University finding that ...
Researchers revise Darwin's thinking on invasive species
For more than a century and a half, researchers interested in invasive species have looked to Charles Darwin and what has come to be called his "naturalization conundrum." If an invader is closely related to species in a ...
Microplastics make marine worms sick
Tiny bits of plastic trash could spell big trouble for marine life, starting with the worms, say a team of researchers from Plymouth University and the University of Exeter who report their evidence in a ...
Evolution of Himalayan flowers sheds light on climate change
Flower colour in some parts of the world, including the Himalayas, has evolved to attract bees as pollinators, research has shown for the first time.
Gene immigration continues despite fragmented landscapes
Human activity like clearing land for agriculture and mining does not threaten the ability of some plants to share genes via pollen carried by birds.
Cloning strong, high-quality forest trees
(Phys.org) —University of Georgia researchers are working to produce faster-growing sweetgum trees by growing embryogenic sweetgum cultures in bioreactors, computer-operated systems used for growing cells under controlled ...
New invasive beetle-fungus complex discovered in Riverside and San Diego Counties
(Phys.org) —A recently discovered beetle-fungus complex that has been causing dieback and mortality to numerous agricultural and landscape ornamental trees in Los Angeles County has been detected in Riverside ...
Mayfly reintroduction to Michigan bay
Jerry Kaster's lifelong fascination with the mayfly could soon manifest itself in the most productive of ways: the successful re-establishment of an aquatic insect to the bay for which the animal was once ...
New finding shows that mother sharks 'home' to their birthplace to give birth, like salmon and sea turtles
Research conducted in Bimini in The Bahamas spanning almost two decades shows that female lemon sharks that were born there returned 15 years later to give birth to their own young, confirming this behavior ...
An ecosystem-based approach to protect the deep sea from mining
Five hundred miles southeast of Hawai'i, in international waters far out of sight of any land, there are vast mineral resources 5,000 meters below the sea.
Inflatable 'scary dancers' chase birds from fruit
(Phys.org) —Those large, inflatable plastic characters that loom over used car lots have a new purpose: scaring away birds that cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to U.S. orchards and vineyards.
Rising ocean acidification leads to anxiety in fish
A new research study combining marine physiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and behavioral psychology has revealed a surprising outcome from increases of carbon dioxide uptake in the oceans: anxious fish.