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Gender-bending fish share their secrets

When David Booth spotted his first seadragon he thought the colourful 40 centimetre-long fish looked like an intergalactic hybrid: half alien, half animated seaweed. "They are amazing things," the marine ecologist says.

dateMay 16, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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Boss crocs: Rethinking crocodile management

(Phys.org) —University of Queensland ecologists have released research that will result in better crocodiles management and intervention. Dr Hamish Campbell, from UQ's School of Biological Sciences, and colleagues from ...

dateMay 02, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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Traditional ranching practices enhance African savanna

(Phys.org) —That human land use destroys natural ecosystems is an oft-cited assumption in conservation, but ecologists have discovered that instead, traditional ranching techniques in the African savanna enhance the local ...

dateMay 01, 2013 in Ecology
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Rhododendron model illuminates tree disease threat

A new map of the places in Scotland that offer good habitats for one of the most invasive kinds of rhododendron may help control the spread of Sudden Oak Death, a disease that threatens trees and plants like oak, beech, larch ...

dateApr 18, 2013 in Ecology
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Early warning signs of population collapse

Many factors—including climate change, overfishing or loss of food supply—can push a wild animal population to the brink of collapse. Ecologists have long sought ways to measure the risk of such a collapse, which could ...

dateApr 10, 2013 in Ecology
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Razor clam research has a sharp edge

(Phys.org) —A barefoot encounter with a Razor Clam is not a pleasant experience, just ask anyone who has had their feet sliced open in the shallows of picturesque Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney.

dateApr 04, 2013 in Ecology
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Invasive crabs help Cape Cod marshes

(Phys.org) —Ecologists are wary of non-native species, but along the shores of Cape Cod where grass-eating crabs have been running amok and destroying the marsh, an invasion of a predatory green crabs has helped turn back ...

dateApr 03, 2013 in Ecology
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Growing plants on Mars

We have been to the moon several times. Next time, we may go back for a considerable period. And concrete plans for a one-way ticket to Mars have already been forged. Food will have to be grown on location. Is this a distant ...

dateMar 28, 2013 in Space Exploration
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