Rutgers University has conducted the first study showing how many more species of bees are needed to maintain crop yields when a longer-term time frame is considered.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-07
When it comes to American barn owls, forget spring cleaning.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-07
Soil nematodes represent a major component of soil communities in terrestrial ecosystems, and play an important role in regulating nutrient cycling and soil health. High-throughput sequencing technology is increasingly used in the study of nematode biodiversity. A recent study demonstrates that the selection of different primers and databases influenced the... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-07
A research group from Nagoya University in Japan has found that an event that occurs only once every 120 years—the large-scale flowering, seeding, and dying of dwarf bamboo (Sasa borealis)—provides ideal breeding conditions for Japanese field mice.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-07
Chemists at Umeå University within the MicroBioRefine consortium show that Nordic microalgae that are allowed to grow in salt water both purify this water efficiently and produce valuable compounds, so-called carotenoids. The research results are published in the journal Bioresource Technology.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-07
Biodiversity is increasingly diminished by humanity's many impacts, one major aspect of which is urbanization. Although there are a lot of studies reporting that urbanization influences wildlife population sizes and distributions, we are only beginning to study urbanization as an evolutionary force. Urban environments are also hotspots for invasive species,... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-07
Hodgsonia is a small genus of fruit-bearing vines in the family Cucurbitaceae. It consists of only two species, Hodgsonia heteroclita and Hodgsonia macrocarpa. Prof. Cai Citao, founder of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, studied H. macrocarpa in early 1960s and found pyrenes with... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-07
Worldwide, plants emit about 100 million tons of monoterpenes into the atmosphere each year. These volatile organic molecules include many fragrances such as the molecule pinene—known for its pine fresh scent. Since these molecules are highly reactive and can form tiny aerosol particles that can grow into nuclei for clouds... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-07
As California grapples with drought, a record heat wave and persistent wildfires, one state agency is turning to the beaver in its battle against climate change.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-07
Three years after starting its ambitious program to save the northern white rhino from extinction through advanced assisted reproduction technologies, the BioRescue consortium draws a positive interim conclusion: Following the 10th event of harvesting immature egg cells (oocytes) in the northern white rhino female Fatu, the international team produced five... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-07
A new study led by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory (UW APL) finds that marine predators, such as tunas, billfishes and sharks, aggregate in anticyclonic, clockwise-rotating ocean eddies (mobile, coherent bodies of water). As these anticyclonic eddies move throughout the open... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-07
Next time you see a bee hovering around a fruit tree, you're probably witnessing pollination in action. Pollination is what enables a plant to produce seeds and fruit—and, as research has shown, pollination by insects can greatly improve the quality and quantity of fruit produced.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-07
European moles can ride out harsh winters by becoming up to 11% smaller.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-07
One of the most serious threats to wildlife biodiversity, in addition to the climate crisis, is the illegal killing and trafficking of animals and plants. Despite many laws against the black-market wildlife trade, it is considered to be one of the most lucrative illicit industries in the world.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-07
Ducks contaminated by mercury pollution are significantly more likely to get bird flu, a study found Wednesday, pointing towards another way that human-driven changes to the natural world increase the risk of viruses spreading.... Read more
Published on: 2022-09-07