New database reveals plants' secret relationships with fungi

Leiden researchers have compiled information collected by scientists over the past 120 years into a database of plant-fungal interactions. This important biological data is now freely available for researchers and nature ...

Study illuminates botanical bias

When botanists began collecting plant samples for herbaria more than a century ago, their goal was to catalog and understand the diversity of the natural world. These days scientists use the collections to understand the ...

Predicting tree mortality

A combination of drought, heat and insects is responsible for the death of more than 12 million trees in California, according to a new study from UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). ...

Western forests recover quickly from natural wildfires

Lodgepole pine forests recover within a century following severe wildfires, according to a three-year study led by the University of Idaho in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park. The research gives a benchmark for better ...

Hunting species: Not just a numbers game

In the race to describe all of Earth's species before they go extinct it has been suggested that one species that is thriving is taxonomists.

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