American Institute of Biological Sciences

China's plant resources need additional protections

China needs to change where it sites its nature reserves and steer people out of remote rural villages toward cities to protect its valuable but threatened wild plant resources, according to an article published in the September ...

dateSep 07, 2011 in Ecology
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Algal turf scrubbers clean water with sunlight

An article published in the June issue of BioScience describes the early scale-up stage of a new biotechnology with environmental benefits and possible commercial potential. Algal turf scrubbers are field-sized, water-treatment system ...

dateJun 01, 2011 in Biotechnology
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Oysters disappearing worldwide: study

A survey of oyster habitats around the world has found that the succulent mollusks are disappearing fast and 85 percent of their reefs have been lost due to disease and over-harvesting.

dateFeb 03, 2011 in Ecology
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Forest pests accumulating despite regulations

Nonindigenous insects and pathogens continue to become established in US forests with regularity despite regulations intended to prevent this, according to a study published in the December 2010 issue of BioScience. The s ...

dateDec 06, 2010 in Ecology
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Researchers analyze 'the environmentalist's paradox'

Global degradation of ecosystems is widely believed to threaten human welfare, yet accepted measures of well-being show that it is on average improving globally, both in poor countries and rich ones. A team of authors writing ...

dateSep 01, 2010 in Environment
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Concealed patterns beneath life's variety

Although the tropics appear to the casual observer to be busily buzzing and blooming with life's rich variety when compared with temperate and polar regions—a fact that scientists have thoroughly documented—the distribution ...

dateJun 01, 2010 in Ecology
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