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New bird that humans drove to extinction discovered in Azores

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:09:39 EDT ~ Inside the crater of a volcano on Graciosa Island in the Azores archipelago, in the Atlantic Ocean, an international team of researchers has discovered the bones of a new extinct species of songbird, a bullfinch which they have named Pyrrhula crassa. The remains were found in a small cavity through which time ago the lava flowed. This bird disappeared a few hundreds of years ago due to human colonization of the islands and the introduction of invasive species. Find out more...

Coral gardening is benefiting Caribbean reefs, study finds

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:41:51 EDT ~ A new study found that Caribbean staghorn corals (Acropora cervicornis) are benefiting from 'coral gardening,' the process of restoring coral populations by planting laboratory-raised coral fragments on reefs. Find out more...

Dodder: A parasite involved in the plant alarm system

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:06:54 EDT ~ Parasitic plants of the genus Cuscuta (dodder) not only deplete nutrients from their host plants, but also function as important 'information brokers' among neighboring plants, when insects feed on host plants, a team of scientists has discovered. Find out more...

New non-photosynthesizing plant species discovered on Ishigaki island, Japan

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:51:16 EDT ~ A new species of non-photosynthesizing parasitic plant has been discovered on the subtropical island of Ishigaki in Okinawa, Japan and named Sciaphila sugimotoi. Find out more...

Rare discovery of three new toad species in Nevada's Great Basin

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:34:19 EDT ~ Three new species of toads have been discovered living in Nevada's Great Basin in an expansive survey of the 190,000 square mile ancient lake bottom, report investigators. Find out more...

Native leech preys on invasive slug?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:54:44 EDT ~ Citizen science has revealed the spread of the invasive giant slug Limax maximus and its potential native predator in Japan, providing new insights into predator-prey dynamics between introduced prey and native predators. Find out more...

Shale gas development spurring spread of invasive plants in Pennsylvania forests

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:23:29 EDT ~ Vast swaths of Pennsylvania forests were clear-cut circa 1900 and regrowth has largely been from local native plant communities, but a team of researchers has found that invasive, non-native plants are making significant inroads with unconventional natural gas development. Find out more...

Gene drives likely to be foiled by rapid rise of resistance

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:22:36 EDT ~ A study in fruit flies suggests that existing approaches to gene drives using CRISPR/Cas9, which aim to spread new genes within a natural population, will be derailed by the development of mutations that give resistance to the drive. Find out more...

Molting feathers may help birds deal with environmental contaminants

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:37:15 EDT ~ Mercury is a ubiquitous environmental contaminant that affects the health of birds and other wild animals. Find out more...

Grasslands restoration is working in the soil, too

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:31:31 EDT ~ A new study finds that tallgrass prairie restoration at a large Illinois preserve is working at a foundational level -- in the soil. Bacteria in the soil are recolonizing and recovering on their own to resemble soil found in remnant prairies. The study shows that a carefully managed restoration can produce successes even beyond easily-recognized plant and animal biodiversity. Find out more...