Snakes minus birds equals more spiders for Guam
In one of the first studies to examine how the loss of forest birds is effecting Guam's island ecosystem, biologists from Rice University, the University of Washington and the University of Guam found that ...
Asian lady beetles use biological weapons against their European relatives
Once introduced for biological pest control, Asian lady beetle Harmonia axyridis populations have been increasing uncontrollably in the US and Europe since the turn of the millennium. The species has been p ...
Crayfish species proves to be the ultimate survivor
One of the most invasive species on the planet is able to source food from the land as well as its usual food sources in the water, research from Queen Mary, University of London has found.
Lizards facing mass extinction, new research suggests
(Phys.org) —Climate change could lead to dozens of species of lizards becoming extinct within the next 50 years, according to new research.
Global plant diversity still hinges on local battles against invasives, study suggests
(Phys.org)—In Missouri forests, dense thickets of invasive honeysuckle decrease the light available to other plants, hog the attention of pollinators, and offer nutrient-stingy berries to migrating birds. ...
Not at home on the range
A new study on parasites that infect a marine snail suggests that though hosts might expand their geographical range, the parasites don't always follow.
Alien invaders get a bad press
A new study, published in Acta Oecologia, says many of the most damning claims about invaders are not backed up with hard evidence. This might be skewing priorities when it comes to dealing with them.
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 ...
Lionfish analysis reveals most vulnerable prey as invasion continues
If you live in lionfish territory in the Atlantic Ocean, the last thing you want to be is a small fish with a long, skinny body, resting by yourself at night, near the bottom of the seafloor.
Bullfrogs may help spread deadly amphibian fungus, but also die from it
Amphibian populations are declining worldwide and a major cause is a deadly fungus thought to be spread by bullfrogs, but a two-year study shows they can also die from this pathogen, contrary to suggestions ...
New potential way to control spread of insect-borne disease
A cross-disciplinary team is calling for public discussion about a potential new way to solve longstanding global ecological problems by using an emerging technology called "gene drives." The advance could ...
Study: Fungus behind bat die-off came from Europe
The mysterious deaths of millions of bats in the United States and Canada over the past several years were caused by a fungus that hitchhiked from Europe, scientists reported Monday.
Hormone-mimicking chemicals cause inter-species mating
Hormone-mimicking chemicals released into rivers have been found to impact the mating choices of fish, a new study has revealed. The controversial chemical BPA, which emits oestrogen-like properties, was found to alter an ...
Antarctica faces major threats in the 21st century: researchers
The continent of Antarctica is at risk from human activities and other forces, and environmental management is needed to protect the planet's last great wilderness area, says an international team of researchers, including ...