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Changing climate could have devastating impact on forest carbon storage

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:39:19 EDT ~ Biologists have shown what could be a startling drop in the amount of carbon stored in the Sierra Nevada mountains due to projected climate change and wildfire events. Find out more...

Tree-climbing goats disperse seeds by spitting

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:25:55 EDT ~ Ecologists have observed an unusual way in which treetop-grazing goats may be benefiting the trees: the goats spit out the trees' seeds. Find out more...

Wind blows young migrant birds to all corners of Africa

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:46:02 EDT ~ Migrant birds that breed in the same area in Europe spread out across all of Africa during the northern winter. A new satellite-tracking study shows that the destination of individual birds is largely determined by the wind conditions they encounter during their first migration. Find out more...

First deep-sea mussel genome decoded

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:41:48 EDT ~ Scientists have assembled the 1.64 gigabytes genome of a deep-sea mussel, which is roughly equivalent to 50 percent of the size of human genome. This is the first decoded genome among all deep-sea macrobenthic animals, revealing a complete set of DNA. Find out more...

'Yellow crazy ant' workers lay eggs as a food source

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:50:16 EDT ~ The 'yellow crazy ant' lays trophic eggs to provide nutrition to their larvae. Find out more...

Conservation and nameless earthworms: Assessors in the dark?

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:33:58 EDT ~ Earthworms help to ensure that ecosystems thrive. However, people find it hard to relate to animals that are known by their scientific names only. Meanwhile, threatened earthworms may go extinct simply because they are often excluded from environmental assessments. A recently compiled list of standardized English names for earthworms in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa is meant to address this lack of conservation attention. Find out more...

Top 10 new species for 2017

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:18:13 EDT ~ A spider and an ant with names drawn from popular books, a pink katydid and an omnivorous rat made ESF's list of the Top 10 New Species for 2017. Also listed: a freshwater stingray, a bush tomato that appears to "bleed," a devilish-looking orchid, a millipede with more than 400 legs, an amphibious centipede and a marine worm. Find out more...

Using seaweed to kill invasive ants

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:04:57 EDT ~ Scientists have developed an inexpensive, biodegradable, seaweed-based ant bait that can help homeowners and farmers control invasive Argentine ant populations. Find out more...

Herpetologists describe an elf frog from the elfin forests in southern Vietnam

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:04:35 EDT ~ Going under the common name of Elfin mountain toad, a new amphibian is recognized as one of the smallest representative of its group. The new species was identified from the highland wet forests of Langbian Plateau, Southern Vietnam. The discoverers gave it this name that derives from German and Celtic folklore because of the resemblance they found between the tiny delicate amphibians and elves - small magic creatures. Furthermore, their habitat is known as elfin forests. Find out more...

Impact of invasive plants can linger long after eradication

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:02:11 EDT ~ It is easy to assume that getting rid of invasive plants will allow a local ecosystem to return to its natural state, with native vegetation flourishing once again. However, the impact of weedy invaders can linger for years, a new report outlines. Find out more...