Search results for desert ecosystem

Ecology May 03, 2021

Solar development: Super bloom or super bust for desert species?

Throughout the history of the West, human actions have often rushed the desert—and their actions backfired. In the 1920s, the Colorado River Compact notoriously overallocated water still used today by several western states ...

Plants & Animals Apr 29, 2021

How donkeys digging wells help life thrive in the desert

For thousands of years, horses and donkeys have been some of our species' most important partners.

Evolution Apr 28, 2021

Soil bacteria evolve with climate change

While evolution is normally thought of as occurring over millions of years, researchers at the University of California, Irvine have discovered that bacteria can evolve in response to climate change in 18 months. In a study ...

Plants & Animals Apr 28, 2021

Natural reserve sites host researchers and volunteers studying ecological challenges

Amid the extreme aridity of the vast Colorado Desert of eastern San Diego County, a ribbon of greenery allows life to thrive.

Environment Apr 21, 2021

Using floodwaters to weather droughts

Floodwaters are not what most people consider a blessing. But they could help remedy California's increasingly parched groundwater systems, according to a new Stanford-led study. The research, published in Science Advances, ...

Environment Apr 15, 2021

Epic drought means water crisis on Oregon-California border

Hundreds of farmers who rely on a massive irrigation project that spans the Oregon-California border learned Wednesday they will get a tiny fraction of the water they need amid the worst drought in decades, as federal regulators ...

Ecology Apr 15, 2021

97% of Earth's land area may no longer be ecologically intact

Only between 2% and 3% of the Earth's terrestrial surface can be considered ecologically intact, according to a new study published in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. This percentage is drastically lower than past ...

Plants & Animals Apr 08, 2021

Your lawn could help save the bees

Over the past few decades, pollinators have been in decline worldwide, which is concerning because 70% of crops used for human food depend on pollinators. Turfgrasses—used for most residential lawns—often take some of ...

Ecology Apr 07, 2021

Parts of U.S.'s southernmost states will 'tropicalize' as climate changes

As climate change reduces the frequency and intensity of killing freezes, tropical plants and animals that once could survive in only a few subtropical parts of the U.S. are expanding their ranges northward, according to ...

Plants & Animals Mar 29, 2021

Research unlocks the genomic secrets of organisms that thrive in extreme deep-sea

A study led by scientists at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has decoded the genomes of the deep-sea clam (Archivesica marissinica) and the chemoautotrophic bacteria (Candidatus Vesicomyosocius marissinica) that live ...

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