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Phosphorus nutrition can hasten plant and microbe growth in arid, high elevation sites

Fri, 25 May 2018 13:43:44 EDT ~ Glacial retreat in cold, high-altitude ecosystems exposes environments that are extremely sensitive to phosphorus input, new research shows. The finding upends previous ecological assumptions, helps scientists understand plant and microbe responses to climate change and could expand scientists' understanding of the limits to life on Earth. Find out more...

Biologist advocates ecological approach to improving human health

Fri, 25 May 2018 13:43:41 EDT ~ Chronic diseases like cancer, autoimmune disorders and obesity may ultimately vanquish the efforts of medical intervention unless people change their diet, a biologist argues in a paper published this week. Find out more...

Currents propel the spreading of invasive jellyfish

Fri, 25 May 2018 12:32:04 EDT ~ Twelve years ago, the comb jelly Mnemiopsis leidyi, originating from the North American East Coast, appeared in northern European waters. Based on the first comprehensive data collection on the occurrence of this invasive jellyfish in Europe, scientists have now shown that ocean currents play a key role for this successful invasion. Find out more...

Shedding light on immune response in diseased corals

Thu, 24 May 2018 17:45:53 EDT ~ Researchers have found a correlation between a strong immune response in diseased corals and a lower expression of genes associated with growth and reproduction. Find out more...

Opportunity to restore abundance to Hawaiian reef fisheries

Thu, 24 May 2018 14:16:39 EDT ~ A new study has identified areas in the Hawaiian Islands that would provide the greatest increase in coastal fishery stocks, if effectively managed. Find out more...

Microplastics may be abundant in the surface sediments of Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel

Wed, 23 May 2018 15:00:12 EDT ~ Microplastics were found at all 16 sites studied in Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel, British Columbia, and were most abundant in the sediments of Henry Bay and Metcalfe Bay, according to a new study. Find out more...

Streams may emit more carbon dioxide in a warmer climate

Wed, 23 May 2018 14:58:39 EDT ~ Streams and rivers could pump carbon dioxide into the air at increasing rates if they continue to warm, potentially compounding the effects of global warming, a new worldwide analysis has shown. Find out more...

Stricter approval procedures for plant protection products urged

Wed, 23 May 2018 13:32:25 EDT ~ A number of chemical plant protection products, also known as pesticides, show harmful effects on ecosystems and biodiversity in their current use. Besides climate change, changes in global nutrient cycles and habitat destruction through altered land-use, the utilization of pesticides has also led to a dramatic loss of biodiversity. Find out more...

Top 10 new species for 2018

Wed, 23 May 2018 08:02:11 EDT ~ The large and small, beautiful and bizarre are among the newly discovered animals, plants and microbes announced as the Top 10 New Species for 2018. Find out more...

Japanese student discovers new crustacean species in deep sea hydrothermal vent

Mon, 21 May 2018 09:56:18 EDT ~ A new species of microcrustacean was collected from a submarine hot spring (hydrothermal vent) of a marine volcano (Myojin-sho caldera) in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan. This crustacean group is found only in deep-sea hydrothermal vents and is the first of its kind found in Japanese waters. Find out more...