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European forests might not be realizing their full potential

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:58:01 EST ~ European forest managers can have their cake and eat it, because according to a new study maximizing timber production in a forest does not necessarily have to come at a cost of reduced species diversity or the capacity to regulate climate change by the same forest. However most European forests fall well below their possible maximum levels of these three capacities. Find out more...

Pacific Island countries could lose 50 -- 80% of fish in local waters under climate change

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:38:53 EST ~ Many Pacific Island nations will lose 50 to 80 percent of marine species in their waters by the end of the 21st century if climate change continues unchecked, finds a new study. This area of the ocean is projected to be the most severely impacted by aspects of climate change. Find out more...

Amazonian streams found teeming with fish species are lacking protection

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:24:07 EST ~ Hundreds of thousands of Amazonian streams are teeming with highly diverse populations of fish species, a new study reveals. Find out more...

Poison-ivy an unlikely hero in warding off exotic invaders?

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:36:26 EST ~ The invasive Japanese knotweed causes much more severe damage to floodplain forests along the Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania, USA, than previously thought. Furthermore, the researchers point to a key role for the often-maligned poison-ivy as a native species that can not only compete with knotweed but also help sustain the growth of new trees. Find out more...

Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:55:07 EST ~ Productivity and stability of forest ecosystems strongly depend on the functional diversity of plant communities. Researchers have developed a new method to measure and map functional diversity of forests at different scales -- from individual trees to whole communities -- using remote sensing by aircraft. Their work paves the way for future airborne and satellite missions to monitor global plant functional diversity. Find out more...

Seagrass biodiversity is both a goal and a means for restoration

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:18:36 EST ~ Planting multiple seagrass species, rather than a single species, could be better for restoring damaged coastal ecosystems in Indonesia's Coral Triangle. Find out more...

Bringing back large herbivores to the steppes

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:08:03 EST ~ On 24th October 2017, the first group of nine kulan (Asiatic wild ass) was released into an acclimatization enclosure on the edge of the Altyn Dala protected area in central Kazakhstan. The animals had been transported 1200 km by helicopter from Altyn Emel National Park in the southeast of the country. They will be released in early spring. This is the first step in a multi-year project that aims to restore the full range of large herbivores to this unique area of steppe habitat. Find out more...

Tiny bees play big part in secret sex lives of trees

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:22:59 EST ~ When it comes to sex between plants, tiny bees the size of ladybugs play a critical role in promoting long-distance pairings. That's what scientists discovered after one of the most detailed paternity tests in wild trees ever conducted. The research gives new insights into how certain bees promote genetic diversity that is essential for plants to adapt to various threats, from disease to climate change. Find out more...

Protecting 'high carbon' rainforest areas also protects threatened wildlife

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:22:51 EST ~ Protecting 'high carbon' rainforest areas also protects threatened wildlife. Find out more...

Acoustic monitoring provides holistic picture of biodiversity

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:01:50 EST ~ Ecologists are using a network of 'outdoor recording studios' to better monitor the subtropical Japanese island of Okinawa. Find out more...