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The mammal tree of life is a real leaner. Some branches are weighed down with thousands of species…
Plant biodiversity struggles to return in wake of agricultural abandonment

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Decades after farmland is abandoned, plant biodiversity and productivity struggle to recover, according to new University of Minnesota research. NSF-funded researchers…
Change in aquaculture vital if billions more to be fed

6 days ago

A research team from James Cook University has been investigating how aquaculture can be made sustainable, to help…
Overlooked measures of biodiversity can have strong effects on ecosystems

November 20, 2019

Animal and plant species are being lost at alarming rates around the world, which has been dubbed the…
A century later, plant biodiversity struggles in wake of agricultural abandonment

November 20, 2019

Decades after farmland was abandoned, plant biodiversity and productivity struggle to recover, according to the new University of…
Galapagos sea life study highlights importance of biodiversity in the face of climate change

November 7, 2019

As the world’s climate continues to change, biologically diverse communities may be most capable of adapting to environmental…
Coral study prompts rethink of classic scientific theory

November 7, 2019

The research questions a classic theory that predicts coral biodiversity is highest in the shallowest waters where more…
Are humans changing animal genetic diversity worldwide?

October 24, 2019

The loss of genetic diversity will hinder the ability of plant and animal populations to adapt to changing…
Mapping global biodiversity change

October 21, 2019

A new study, published in Science, which focuses on mapping biodiversity change in marine and land ecosystems shows…
Princeton to take part in new U.S.-Swedish initiative on artificial intelligence and sustainability

October 17, 2019

The intensive fires in the Amazon, the rapid melting of glaciers and ice sheets, and continued loss of…
Bacteria mix in deep sea mussels

October 14, 2019

Deep-sea mussels, which rely on cooperative symbiotic bacteria for their food, harbor a surprisingly high diversity of these…
Big data reveals extraordinary unity underlying life’s diversity

October 8, 2019

The diversity of life is staggering. From microscopic algae to elephants, life has devised countless ways to thrive…
Scientists connected fragments of pine savanna and new species keep showing up

September 27, 2019

Before Europeans arrived in America, longleaf pine savannas sprawled across 90 million acres from present-day Florida to Texas…
Leaving more deadwood in forests enhances biodiversity: study

September 25, 2019

Increasing the amounts of deadwood in protected forests would help conserve biodiversity, according to a new University of…
Smart food

September 25, 2019

“Food, climate and the environment are closely interlinked. Agriculture, for example, is heavily affected by climate change, but…
Scientists track frog-killing fungus to help curb its spread

September 24, 2019

From habitat loss to climate change, amphibians around the world face immense threats to their survival. One emerging…
Fish DNA in lake sediment can help determine native species, study shows

September 19, 2019

A new technique developed by University of Alberta biologists can determine whether certain fish populations are native to…
Coral reefs and squat lobsters flourished 150 million years ago

September 19, 2019

Coral reefs and the abundant life they support are increasingly threatened today, but a snapshot of a coral…
Want to help the Earth? Start with your dinner table

August 21, 2019

Everyone is concerned about the future of our planet. Climate is changing rapidly, there are more and more…
Rockweed Rescue

August 8, 2019

Somewhat drab and unassuming, the humble rockweed’s olive-green or yellowish-brown appearance belies its importance in the rocky intertidal…
The Urbanization of the Beach

August 5, 2019

To most people, a beach is a beach. You could likely take an image of almost any urban…
Hidden world of stream biodiversity revealed through water sampling for environmental DNA

July 24, 2019

For the first time, researchers have used a novel genomics-based method to detect the simultaneous presence of hundreds…
Marine Census

July 24, 2019

They’re slipping on their wetsuits, charging their cameras and breaking out their seines — all for the good…
Solar Park boost for nature

July 5, 2019

Solar farms offer huge potential to address the UK’s biodiversity crisis, according to a new report. The Natural…
Deep submersible dives shed light on rarely explored coral reefs

June 20, 2019

Just beyond where conventional scuba divers can go is an area of the ocean that still is largely…
Coral bleaching causes a permanent change in fish life

June 19, 2019

Repeat coral bleaching caused by rising sea temperatures has resulted in lasting changes to fish communities, according to a new…
How do new predators change an ecosystem? Watch the prey!

June 11, 2019

Invading predators can devastate an ecosystem. In fact, a leading cause of extinction is the introduction of predators…
Mapping Biodiversity Risk

May 22, 2019

The news echoed across the world, through internet channels, in newspaper headlines and during TV broadcasts. Roughly 1…
Natural environments favour ‘good’ bacteria

May 22, 2019

A new study has shown that restoring environments to include a wider range of species can promote ‘good’…
Protecting rare species can benefit human life

May 20, 2019

Preserving rare species for the sake of global biodiversity has long been the primary focus for conservationists. To…
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