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Scientists warn of slow progress towards United Nations biodiversity targets

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:07:50 EST ~ Researchers praises widespread commitment but call for broader participation to better protect global marine ecosystems. Find out more...

Monitoring the environment with artificial intelligence

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:12:29 EST ~ Microorganisms perform key functions in ecosystems and their diversity reflects the health of their environment. Researchers use genomic tools to sequence the DNA of microorganisms in samples, and then exploit this considerable amount of data with artificial intelligence. They build predictive models capable of establishing a diagnosis of the health of ecosystems and identify species that perform important functions. This new approach will significantly increase the observation capacity of large ecosystems. Find out more...

Coral larvae use sound to find a home on the reef

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:18:53 EST ~ A new study is starting to unravel that mystery. Researchers found that the soundscape of a reef -- the combined sounds of all animals living nearby -- might play a major role in steering corals towards healthy reef systems and away from damaged ones. Find out more...

Students around the globe collect quality, eye-opening research data on mammals

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:18:40 EST ~ Researchers are running a large-scale camera-trap study called eMammal, recently enlisted the help of K-12 students from 28 schools and four countries -- the United States, India, Mexico and Kenya. What the researchers, and the kids, discovered was surprising. Find out more...

College textbooks largely overlook the most common animals

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:17:51 EST ~ A recent study of textbooks aimed at introductory biology courses finds that they devote less than one percent of their text to discussing insects, which make up more than 60 percent of animal species. The study authors argue that this provides a poor foundation for understanding ecosystems, biodiversity, and other core aspects of biological research. Find out more...

Hypoxic dead zones found in urban streams, not just at the coast

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:46:44 EST ~ A new study finds that hypoxic dead zones occur in nutrient-laden urban streams, not just in coastal waters. The research shows that intense storm flows can erode some stream channels to become a series of pools that trap nutrient-laden runoff. The elevated nutrient levels in the water spur greater consumption of dissolved oxygen by bacteria, causing the pools to become hypoxic until the next storm flushes them out. Find out more...

Stronger pesticide regulations likely needed to protect all bee species, say studies

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:25:01 EST ~ Regulators worldwide currently use honeybees as the sole model species failing to account for potential threats posed by agrochemicals to the full diversity of bee species from bumblebees to solitary bees, which are probably more important for pollination of food crops than managed honeybees. They are potentially more vulnerable to pesticides given they nest in the ground and bumblebee queens have different life cycles that could increase exposure. Find out more...

'Pest-controlling' bats could help save rainforests

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:19:26 EST ~ A new study shows that several species of bats are giving Madagascar's rice farmers a vital pest control service by feasting on plagues of insects. And this, a zoologist believes, can ease the financial pressure on farmers to turn forest into fields. Find out more...

Small and isolated habitat patches crucial to species survival

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:18:41 EST ~ Small, local patches of habitat could be playing a much bigger role in conserving biodiversity than you think, according to new research. Find out more...

Bioenergy crops could be as bad for biodiversity as climate change

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:51:06 EST ~ A large scale expansion in bioenergy crop production could be just as detrimental to biodiversity as climate change itself, according to new research. Find out more...