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Genetic differences in trees untouched by mountain pine beetles

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:31:31 EDT ~ A researcher has discovered that mountain pine beetles may avoid certain trees within a population they normally would kill due to genetics in the trees. Find out more...

Bird communities dwindle on New Mexico's Pajarito Plateau

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:14:45 EDT ~ Researchers have found declines in the number and diversity of bird populations at nine sites surveyed in northern New Mexico, where eight species vanished over time while others had considerably dropped. Find out more...

Logging site slash removal may be boon for wild bees in managed forests

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:14:39 EDT ~ New research suggests the removal of timber harvest residue during harvesting may be a boon for wild bees, an important step toward better understanding the planet's top group of pollinators. Find out more...

Extending palm oil production in Africa threatens primate conservation

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:29:21 EDT ~ Future expansion of the palm oil industry could have a dramatic impact on African primates. Find out more...

Illinois' imperiled eastern massasauga rattlesnakes retain genetic diversity

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:14:04 EDT ~ A long-term study of eastern massasauga rattlesnakes in Illinois reveals that -- despite their alarming decline in numbers -- the few remaining populations have retained a surprising amount of genetic diversity. Find out more...

Deep in the weeds: Using eDNA sequencing to survey pondweed diversity

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:26:05 EDT ~ Researchers have developed a protocol using environmental DNA (eDNA) to identify aquatic plant diversity, making ecological biodiversity surveys of these plant communities faster and less expensive. Their study on pondweeds -- an important bioindicator of aquatic ecosystem health -- allows researchers to overcome difficulties in monitoring and identification, and draw conclusions regarding plant diversity and water quality. eDNA is a rapidly emerging technique, but its use in aquatic habitats has been understudied. Find out more...

Effective method to control algae growth on Hawaiian coral reefs

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 19:36:38 EDT ~ Researchers have found a management approach that combining manual removal and outplanting native urchin was effective at reducing invasive, reef smothering macroalgae by 85 percent on a coral reef off O'ahu, Hawai'i. Find out more...

Bats as hosts: My host is my castle

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 13:42:53 EDT ~ Bat flies have been studied in a variety of contexts, including host associations and specificity, how bat ecology and roosting biology affects parasitism, and how fly morphology functions to allow coexistence of species on bat individuals and populations. Laboulbeniales associated with bat flies have been recently rediscovered. Studies since 2015 have revealed many new hosts, host associations, and undescribed taxa. These trends hint at the true diversity of these unique fungi. Find out more...

For the first time, scientists are putting extinct mammals on the map

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 13:42:26 EDT ~ Researchers have produced the most comprehensive family tree and atlas of mammals to date, connecting all living and recently extinct mammal species (nearly 6,000 in total) and overturning many previous ideas about global patterns of biodiversity. The atlas shows where species occur today as well as where they would occur, if they had not been driven away or extinct. Find out more...

Tropical birds benefit from more forest by rivers in oil palm areas

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 09:51:11 EDT ~ Protected riverbank habitats within areas of oil palm cultivation can play a key role in reducing the negative impacts on tropical bird numbers but need to be increased in size, new research has shown. Find out more...