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Despite less ozone pollution, not all plants benefit


Breathe easy: Concentrations of ozone in the air have decreased over large parts of the country in the…
Early warning: Ecological screening looks to preserve Sandhills, native ecosystems

December 19, 2019

A late diagnosis can mean cardiac arrest, inoperable cancer, suicide. But early detection offers time to potentially reverse…
Better wildfire and smoke predictions with new vegetation database

December 5, 2019

It’s hard to find a place in the U.S. that isn’t impacted by wildfires and smoke. Dry landscapes,…
Nature might be better than tech at reducing air pollution

November 7, 2019

Restoring native vegetation could cut air pollution and costs, study finds. Adding plants and trees to the landscapes…
Plant physiology will be major contributor to future river flooding

October 25, 2019

The next time a river overflows its banks, don’t just blame the rain clouds. Earth system scientists from…
Structural complexity in forests improves carbon capture

October 10, 2019

Forests in the eastern United States that are structurally complex — the arrangement of vegetation is varied throughout…
Modeling—Mapping Arctic vegetation

February 6, 2019

A team of scientists led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory used machine learning methods to generate a high-resolution…
Measuring the world’s forests from space

December 17, 2018

NASA has now initiated a new space mission to measure Earth’s forests and other biomass with razor-sharp precision…
Prescribed burning not as damaging as previously thought

December 5, 2018

New research by the University has found that prescribed burning, a controversial technique where fires are intentionally used…
Lilly pilly fossils reveal snowless snowy mountains

October 8, 2018

Leaf fossils discovered high in Australia’s Snowy Mountains have revealed a past history of warmer rainforest vegetation and…
Burst of morning gene activity tells plants when to flower

September 26, 2018

For angiosperms — or flowering plants — one of the most important decisions facing them each year is…
How a hormone helps plants build leaves’ ventilation system

September 13, 2018

As the world heats up, plants face a dilemma – the same tiny holes they have to open…
Insights from the daily grind: what koala and kangaroo teeth can tell us

September 11, 2018

Gnashers, pearly whites, chompers, call them what you like, but teeth are important bits of bodily equipment. Most…
Climate change has the Arctic seeing green

August 29, 2018

As temperatures in the Arctic rise in response to climate change, vegetation has invaded areas once too frigid…
New ‘droughty’ soils model for Pacific Northwest could aid forest health in changing climate

August 21, 2018

Scientists have developed a new approach to modeling potentially drought-prone soils in Pacific Northwest forests, which could aid…
Ecosystems Are Getting Greener in the Arctic

August 21, 2018

Berkeley Lab scientists develop technique to better predict how plants in cold regions respond to warming. In recent…
Prescribed Burn Planned for UCSB Campus Lagoon

August 8, 2018

In conjunction with the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER), the Santa Barbara County Fire Department…
Palmyra Atoll: Paradise Restored

August 8, 2018

When UC Santa Barbara community ecologist Hillary Young spent time at the Palmyra Atoll in 2006 to study…
Can plants and trees change the weather?

July 19, 2018

By this time next year, an army of towers will be keeping watch over a plot of land…
Explaining the history of Australia’s vegetation

May 24, 2018

University of Adelaide-led research has uncovered the history of when and why the native vegetation that today dominates…
Hungry, Hungry Hippos

May 16, 2018

The average hippo weighs more than 3,000 pounds and consumes about 100 pounds of vegetation daily. This naturally…
Research Brief: Shifting tundra vegetation spells change for arctic animals

March 8, 2018

For nearly two decades, scientists have noted dramatic changes in arctic tundra habitat. Ankle-high grasses and sedges have…
Global grazing lands increasingly vulnerable to a changing climate

February 23, 2018

Some 800 million people around the world depend on livestock that graze on natural vegetation for their livelihoods…
Marine vegetation can mitigate ocean acidification

January 23, 2018

Marine plants and seaweeds in shallow coastal ecosystems can play a key role in alleviating the effects of…
Increased vegetation boosts rainfall in the Sahel, researchers find

December 4, 2017

Droughts can grip the vast Sahel region of Africa for decades, dramatically altering the border where forest and…
Global forest network cracks the case of tropical biodiversity

July 3, 2017

If aliens sent an exploratory mission to Earth, one of the first things they’d notice — after the…
Cold war-era spy satellite images reveal possible effects of climate change

April 7, 2017

During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union routinely spied on each other using high-altitude…
Invasive Sedge Protects Dunes Better Than Native Grass, Study Finds

February 2, 2017

The invasive species Carex kobomugi, or Asiatic sand sedge, was first found along the East Coast of the…
Vegetation Matters

August 31, 2016

In California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, as more precipitation falls in the form of rain rather than snow, and…
A Faster Way to Get Rid of Kudzu

July 14, 2016

According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study, the use of combined management programs can control kudzu…
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