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Scientists discover 20 new gnat species in Brazil

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:34:27 EDT ~ Scientists from Estonia, Finland and Brazil have found 20 new species of gnat in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Find out more...

Land-based bird populations are at risk of local extinction

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:32:41 EDT ~ A new report finds that land-based bird populations are becoming confined to nature reserves in some parts of the world -- raising the risk of global extinction -- due to the loss of suitable habitat. Find out more...

What's eating these endangered orchids?

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:10:33 EDT ~ A species of seed-feeding fly is critically damaging the seed production of multiple orchid species, as revealed by a group of Japanese researchers. If the damage caused by this fly is occurring long-term and across Japan, these already-endangered orchid species could become unable to reproduce using seeds, and their dwindling numbers will take a large hit. Find out more...

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...

Cane toad: Scientists crack genetic code

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:15:25 EDT ~ Scientists have unlocked the DNA of the cane toad, a poisonous amphibian that is a threat to many native Australian species. Find out more...

Invasion risk of starry stonewort in upper Midwest

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:17:05 EDT ~ Researchers recently published a new article predicting the risk of starry stonewort invasion in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Find out more...

Global trade in exotic pets threatens endangered parrots through the spread of a virus

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:09:02 EDT ~ Beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) in wild parrot populations has been detected in eight new countries, raising concerns for threatened species. This highlights the need for greater awareness of the risks of the spread of infectious disease associated with the international trade in live parrots. 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...

Tiny moth from Asia spreading fast on Siberian elms in eastern North America

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:24:49 EDT ~ Since 2010, a tiny moth originating from East Asia has been spreading over eastern North America. Its green larvae, or caterpillars, make narrow tunnels in the leaves of Siberian elms. Sometimes very abundant, they can be seen to descend en masse from the trees when they are done feeding. The moth species was described independently from Russia as Stigmella multispicata in 2014. Find out more...

New tool helps conservationists make smarter decisions

Sun, 16 Sep 2018 15:26:16 EDT ~ A new tool could help ensure limited conservation dollars are well spent by determining which actions would save the most species per dollar. Find out more...