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Improving 'silvopastures' for bird conservation

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:39:10 EDT ~ The adoption of 'silvopastures' -- incorporating trees into pastureland -- can provide habitat for forest bird species and improve connectivity in landscapes fragmented by agriculture. But how do silvopastures measure up to natural forest habitat? New research shows that birds in silvopasture forage less efficiently than those in forest fragments but offers suggestions for how silvopasture habitat could be improved. 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...

Mineral weathering from thawing permafrost can release substantial CO2

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:58:53 EDT ~ The amount of carbon dioxide released from thawing permafrost might be greater than previously thought, according to a new study by ecologists. The research is the first to document the potential for substantial contributions of CO2 from thawing permafrost to the atmosphere through an inorganic process called mineral weathering. 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...

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...

Micronizing ocean plastics threaten sea turtle populations, ocean life cycle

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:59:30 EDT ~ Ingestion of degrading ocean plastics likely poses a substantial risk to the survival of post-hatchling sea turtles because the particles can lead to blockages and nutritional deficiencies, according to new research. Find out more...

Sniffing out error in detection dog data

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:04:33 EDT ~ New research finds three alternative answers beyond errors in handler or dog training that can explain why dogs trained to identify scat for conservation purposes sometimes collect non-target scats. 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...