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Analyzing DNA in soil could be an effective way of tracking animals

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It’s hard to protect something you can’t find. A new Stanford study reveals sampling soil for animals’ left-behind…
Study analyzing cells’ blueprints reveals new patterns in the global distribution and diversity of ocean microbes

December 27, 2019

A single drop of seawater can contain a wide representation of ocean microbes from around the world —…
How plant metabolites affect the ecosystem

December 23, 2019

Plants are often very individual when it comes to their specific defence chemicals and other metabolites. Such chemical…
Ancient events are still impacting mammals worldwide

December 18, 2019

In the first study of its kind, researchers have discovered that events from 20,000 years ago or more…
Mass extinction of land and sea biodiversity 250 million years ago not simultaneous

December 13, 2019

Some 250 million years ago, simultaneous mass extinctions of marine and terrestrial life occurred in an event known…
The sound of science: Recognizing species based on acoustics

December 12, 2019

Scientists are set to use data gained from ‘eavesdropping’ on nature to build a picture of Australia’s animal…
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Researchers find some forests crucial for climate change mitigation, biodiversity

December 11, 2019

A study by Oregon State University researchers has identified forests in the western United States that should be…
UK among countries threatening overseas species through renewable energy demand

December 9, 2019

A new study has shown that the UK is one of the main countries threatening biodiversity loss overseas…
Forest fragmentation hits wildlife hardest in the tropics

December 9, 2019

Animals that evolved in environments subject to large-scale habitat-altering events like fires and storms are better equipped to…
Untangling the branches in the mammal tree of life

December 5, 2019

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

December 3, 2019

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

November 29, 2019

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…
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