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Land-based bird populations are at risk of local extinction

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:32:41 EDT ~ A new report finds that land-based bird populations are becoming confined to nature reserves in some parts of the world -- raising the risk of global extinction -- due to the loss of suitable habitat. Find out more...

Diverse forests are stronger against drought

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:30:28 EDT ~ Researchers report that forests with trees that employ a high diversity of traits related to water use suffer less of an impact from drought. The results, which expand on previous work that looked at individual tree species' resilience based on hydraulic traits, lead to new research directions on forest resilience and inform forest managers working to rebuild forests after logging or wildfire. Find out more...

The nocturnal pollinators: Scientists reveal the secret life of moths

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:09:14 EDT ~ A new study suggests moths have an important but overlooked ecological role -- dispensing pollen over large distances under the cover of darkness. Find out more...

Global trade in exotic pets threatens endangered parrots through the spread of a virus

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:09:02 EDT ~ Beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) in wild parrot populations has been detected in eight new countries, raising concerns for threatened species. This highlights the need for greater awareness of the risks of the spread of infectious disease associated with the international trade in live parrots. Find out more...

Surviving insects and plants are tougher than we think

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:08:41 EDT ~ Insect pollinators and plants that have survived the impacts of agricultural intensification may have a greater ability to resist future environmental changes than previously thought, a new study has found. Find out more...

New light on the controversial question of species abundance and population density

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 10:13:17 EDT ~ Inspired by the negative results in the recently published largest-scale analysis of the relation between population density and positions in geographic ranges and environmental niches, a team of US and Mexican scientists identified several issues in the methodology used, able to turn the tables in the ongoing debate. Find out more...

Study shows toxic effects of oil dispersant on oysters following deepwater horizon spill

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:00:39 EDT ~ A new study finds that oysters likely suffered toxic effects from the oil dispersant Corexit 9500 when it was used to clean up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Researchers determined this by comparing the low levels of toxicity of oil, the dispersant and a mixture of the two on Eastern oysters. Find out more...

Climate change may drive 10 percent of amphibian species in the Atlantic Rainforest to extinction

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 20:24:18 EDT ~ Climate conditions forecast for 2050 and 2070 will be potentially lethal to species less adapted to climate variation, according to Brazilian researchers. Find out more...

The world needs death and decomposition

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:35:47 EDT ~ Thanks to a new study, scientists now have a better way to investigate decomposing plants' and animals' contributions to the ecosystem. Find out more...

Turtle species in serious decline: Broad ecological impacts

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:34:34 EDT ~ About 61 percent of the world's 356 turtle species are threatened or already extinct, and the decline could have ecological consequences, according to a new study. Find out more...