News tagged with terrestrial ecosystems

Rapid rise in wildfires in large parts of Canada?

Large forest regions in Canada are apparently about to experience rapid change. Based on models, scientists can now show that there are threshold values for wildfires just like there are for epidemics. Large areas of Canada ...

dateDec 16, 2011 in Environment
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Why are orchids so successful?

In terms of diversity, orchids are one of the most successful groups of flowering plants, with over 22,000 species. Both pollinating animals and mycorrhizal fungi are believed to have been important in the diversification ...

dateSep 13, 2011 in Plants & Animals
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Look, up in the sky - it's Aeroecology

There are ecologists who study land, and ecologists who study the ocean -- but who looks up and studies the air that circles the entire planet? Until recently, not many.

dateAug 24, 2011 in Ecology
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Breaking down cellulose without blasting lignin

Feared by realtors and homeowners alike, dry rot due to the fungus Serpula lacrymans causes millions of dollars worth of damage to homes and buildings around the world. This brown rot fungus' capacity to break down the cellulose ...

dateJul 14, 2011 in Biotechnology
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Mercury on the rise in endangered Pacific seabirds

Using 120 years of feathers from natural history museums in the United States, Harvard University researchers have been able to track increases in the neurotoxin methylmercury in the black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes), ...

dateApr 18, 2011 in Ecology
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