Calculating evolution: Program predicts the development of influenza viruses
For a long time, prognoses forecasting the evolutionary future of organisms were considered mere speculation. Together with researchers from Cambridge and Santa Barbara scientists at the Max Planck Institute ...
Tree diseases can help forests: What's bad for a seedling can be good for biodiversity
Plant diseases attack trees and crops and can hurt lumber and food production, but University of Utah biologists found that pathogens that kill tree seedlings actually can make forests more diverse.
Borers branch out from ash trees
Bad news in the bug department: The emerald ash borer, a tiny, glitter-green insect from China expected to kill virtually all ash trees in the eastern U.S. - unless they are treated with expensive chemicals - may have a new ...
Tree shock: Research shows climate change hitting eucalypts
Eucalypts are a defining and distinctive feature of the Australian landscape. Large and small, we think of these hardy and adaptable trees as being at home in a variety of environments across the nation ranging ...
Blight-resistant American chestnut trees take root at SUNY-ESF
Scientists at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) are growing the first American chestnut trees that can withstand the blight that virtually eliminated the once-dominant tree from ...
Towards genetically-improved conifers
Pines are long-lived; between 100 and 1,000 years. And they are a tree species, of high commercial importance. Indeed, they are valued for their timber and wood pulp. Now, a European Research project, called ...
Coffee tree genome sequenced
In the study published in Science, the researchers were interested in Robusta coffee because of its average sized genome (710 million pairs of DNA bases) and its diploid nature (contrary to Coffea arabic ...
Rooting olive trees for organic farming
Researchers at UPM have shown good results by using products that facilitate olive tree rooting and are authorized for organic farming.
Gardeners of Madagascar rainforest at risk
A majority of Madagascar's 101 species of lemurs are threatened with extinction, and that could have serious consequences for the rainforests they call home. A new study by Rice University researchers shows ...
Green spaces don't ensure biodiversity in urban areas
Planting trees and creating green space in cities is good for attracting species, but it may not be enough to ensure biodiversity in built environments, a University of Iowa study has found.
Frog tracking highlights parasite middleman
Radio tracking shows one of the Kimberley's iconic frogs could be picking up a deadly lungworm from cane toads (Rhinella marina).
Researcher finds emerald ash borer may have spread to different tree
The emerald ash borer, which is destroying ash trees in a large swath of the nation, has apparently spread to a different tree, a researcher at Wright State University suspects.
Treasure trove of ancient genomes helps recalibrate the human evolutionary clock
Just like adjusting a watch, the key to accurately telling evolutionary time is based upon periodically calibrating against a gold standard.
Biodiversity does not always improve resistance of forest ecosystems to drought
Due to climate change, parts of the world will face droughts that will affect forest health. Scientists from INRA, in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research ...