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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...

New hermit crab uses live coral as its home

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:42:49 EDT ~ A new hermit crab species can live in a walking coral's cavity in a reciprocal relationship, replacing the usual marine worm partner, according to a new study. 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...

Going diving in the tropics? Don't eat the reef fish!

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:02:48 EDT ~ Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is critical for Palau's ocean sustainability, finds a new study that suggests other small island nations might also consider adopting this strategy. Find out more...

10,000 year-old DNA proves when fish colonialized our lakes

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:45:44 EDT ~ DNA in lake sediment forms a natural archive displaying when various fish species colonized lakes after the glacial period. Scientists' analyses of the prevalence of whitefish DNA in sediment reveal that the whitefish came to Lake Stora Lgdasjn in Vsterbotten already 10,000 years ago, whereas Lake Hotagen in Jmtland had its whitefish only 2,200 years ago. Find out more...

Changes in non-extreme precipitation may have not-so-subtle consequences

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:31:23 EDT ~ Extreme floods and droughts receive a lot of attention. But what happens when precipitation -- or lack thereof -- occurs in a more measured way? Find out more...

When it comes to the threat of extinction, size matters

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:27:32 EDT ~ Animals in the Goldilocks zone -- neither too big, nor too small, but just the right size -- face a lower risk of extinction than do those on both ends of the scale, according to an extensive global analysis. Find out more...

Black Sea water temperatures may buck global trend

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:29:54 EDT ~ Scientists have successfully simulated the Black Seas long term currents, salt water content and temperature for the first time. 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...