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Non-native species are transforming grassland ecosystems

Non-native 'space invaders' are transforming the world's precious grassland ecosystems, with new research showing that they do far better than native plant species in the presence of fertiliser and large herbivores like kangaroos, ...

dateJul 17, 2015 in Ecology
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Unprecedented worldwide biodiversity study

Humans depend on high levels of ecosystem biodiversity, but due to climate change and changes in land use, biodiversity loss is now greater than at any time in human history. Five University of Alberta researchers, including ...

dateJul 16, 2015 in Ecology
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Unearthing cornerstones in root microbiomes

Like the tip of an iceberg, a plant sprouting from the soil barely hints at what lies beneath. At the nexus where roots and soil intersect are thriving microbial communities that play important roles in plant health and growth. ...

dateJul 16, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Boosting nutrients gives a leg up to invasive species

Species invasions come at a high cost. In the United States, the annual cost to the economy tops $100 billion a year and invasive plant infestations affect 100 million acres. While it's tempting to focus attention on headline-grabbing ...

dateJul 15, 2015 in Ecology
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