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Ozark grasslands experience major increase in trees and shrubs

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:12:48 EDT ~ Woody vegetation, such as trees and shrubs, has increased dramatically in Ozark grasslands over the past 75 years, according to a study. If these ecosystems continue to favor woody vegetation, will it be possible to maintain open grasslands for the foreseeable future? Find out more...

Dino-killing asteroid's impact on bird evolution

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:11:31 EDT ~ Human activities could change the pace of evolution, similar to what occurred 66 million years ago when a giant asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, leaving modern birds as their only descendants. Find out more...

Recipe for forest restoration discovered

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:17:46 EDT ~ A new study has uncovered some valuable information on ways to maximize the success of replanting efforts, bringing new hope for restoring these threatened ecosystems. Find out more...

Scientists and farmers work together to wipe out African lovegrass

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:17:41 EDT ~ New research and collaboration could lead to the eventual eradication of the highly invasive African lovegrass threatening pastures and native grasslands Australia-wide. What they discovered is that local knowledge is the key to a successful management approach. Find out more...

Efforts to save sea turtles are a 'global conservation success story'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:21:23 EDT ~ A new study of the world's seven sea turtle species provides evidence that their numbers are growing overall (unlike many endangered vertebrates), thanks to years of conservation efforts that have played a key role in sea turtle recovery -- even for small sea turtle populations. Find out more...

When residents take charge of their rainforests, fewer trees die

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:21:19 EDT ~ When the government gives citizens a personal stake in forested land, trees don't disappear as quickly and environmental harm slows down, research finds. Find out more...

Animal acoustic activity decline shows forest fire pollution wreaks havoc on wildlife

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:17:49 EDT ~ Forest fires in Southeast Asia during the El Nio droughts of 2015 caused considerable disruption to the biodiversity of the region due to the smoke-induced 'haze' they created, according to new research. Find out more...

A cereal crop survives heat and drought

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:30:45 EDT ~ Scientists have published the genome sequence of Pearl millet, a drought resistant crop plant most important in arid regions in Africa and Asia. This plant is important to small and medium farmers who grow the plant without larger irrigation. Pearl millet delivers a good harvest index under drought and heat conditions when rice, maize or wheat already have no grains anymore. Find out more...

Old fish few and far between under fishing pressure

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:23:43 EDT ~ A new study has found that, for dozens of fish populations around the globe, old fish are greatly depleted -- mainly because of fishing pressure. Old fish are increasingly missing in many populations around the world. Find out more...

Light at the end of the tunnel: Restored forest now shelters dozens of endangered species

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:22:46 EDT ~ A twenty-year effort to protect and manage tiny remnants of a dilapidated forest in Benin, along with its agricultural and fallow vegetation surroundings, resulted in 14 ha of rich secondary forest, which corresponds to the size of nearly 20 sacred groves. This sanctuary now protects the critically endangered red-bellied monkey together with 52 endangered plant species. Find out more...