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Using eDNA to identify the breeding habitat of endangered species

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:37:53 EST ~ Using wide-ranging eDNA analysis combined with traditional collection survey methods, researchers have identified the breeding site of critically endangered fish species Acheilognathus typus in the mainstream of Omono River in Akita Prefecture, Japan. Find out more...

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...

Production timings could stem illegal wildlife laundering

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:26:49 EST ~ Production timings for artificially propagated plants and animals could help flag items offered for sale before they should legally be available. 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...

Microbiome transplants provide disease resistance in critically-endangered Hawaiian plant

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:23:40 EST ~ A team of researchers transplanted microbes to restore the health of a critically endangered Hawaiian plant that, until now, had been driven to extinction in the wild and only survived in managed greenhouses under heavy doses of fungicide. Find out more...

Combating devastating amphibian disease

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:33:10 EST ~ Amphibian chytridiomycosis, caused by infection with the Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis fungus, is the most devastating vertebrate disease on record. Find out more...

First wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois since 1984

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:36:45 EST ~ Researchers report the first sighting in 30 years of a wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois. The discovery may be a sign of hope for this state-endangered species, or the animal could be the last of its kind to have survived in Illinois without human intervention, the researchers say. Find out more...

Seals, birds and humans compete for fish in the Baltic Sea

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:47:07 EST ~ In Sweden and in other parts of Europe there are concerns that seals and birds compete with humans for fish resources. For the Baltic Sea, an international study now shows that this competition is a reality. Find out more...

A giant, prehistoric otter's surprisingly powerful bite

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:33:06 EST ~ A massive, wolf-sized otter that lived about 6 million years ago may have been a dominant predator in its time, according to a new analysis of the animal's jaws. When scientists used computers to simulate how biting would strain S. melilutra's jaws, they concluded that the animal had much firmer jaw bones than expected, giving it a surprisingly strong bite. 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...