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Biodiversity News
August 9, 2020

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Small Trees Offer Hope for Rainforests

Small trees that grow up in drought conditions could form the basis of more drought-resistant rainforests, new research ...

Land Use Changes May Increase Disease Outbreak Risks

Global changes in land use are disrupting the balance of wild animal communities in our environment, and species that carry diseases known to infect humans appear to be benefiting, finds a new ...

Ancient Mountain Formation and Monsoons Helped Create a Modern Biodiversity Hotspot

Researchers examined the plant life in the China's Hengduan Mountains, the Himalaya Mountains, and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Using DNA to build ...

Whale Airway Mucus Reveals Likely Poor Health During Migration

Researchers have linked the burden of humpback whales' annual migration to depleted microbial diversity in their airways - an indicator of overall ...
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First Record of Invasive Shell-Boring Worm in the Wadden Sea Means Trouble for Oyster

n October 2014, the suspicion arose that the parasite worm Polydora websteri had found its way to the Wadden Sea. Researchers now confirm that they have found the shell-borer in oysters near Sylt and ...

New Studies Show How to Save Parasites and Why It's Important

An international group of scientists have laid out an ambitious global conservation plan for parasites. Another group of researchers found that the responses of parasites to environmental change are ...

Massive Seagrass Die-Off Leads to Widespread Erosion in a California Estuary

The large-scale loss of eelgrass in a major California estuary -- Morro Bay -- may be causing widespread erosion. Over the last century, Morro Bay has been building up sediment quickly. After the ...

Glacial Stream Insect May Tolerate Warmer Waters

An endangered aquatic insect that lives in icy streams fed by glaciers might not mind if the water grows warmer due to climate. A new study found that mountain stoneflies can tolerate warmer water ...

African Vulture Poisoning Has Global Disease and Biodiversity Implications

Researchers have produced recommendations for vulture poisoning control in Southern Africa. Vultures act as nature's most critical scavengers, working as ecosystem garbage disposals and ...

Antarctica More Widely Impacted by Humans Than Previously Thought

Using a data set of 2.7 million human activity records, the team showed just how extensive human use of Antarctica has been over the last 200 ...

Clear Strategies Needed to Reduce Bushmeat Hunting

Extensive wildlife trade not only threatens species worldwide but can also lead to the transmission of zoonotic diseases. Research sheds new light on the motivations why people hunt, trade or consume ...

Predicting the Biodiversity of Rivers

Biodiversity and thus the state of river ecosystems can now be predicted by combining environmental DNA with hydrological methods, researchers have found. Using the river Thur as an example, the ...

River Plants Counter Both Flooding and Drought to Protect Biodiversity

'Water plants are a nuisance in streams, blocking the flow. You should remove them'. This notion has for many years determined how streams were managed to prevent flooding during high ...

Revealing Winners and Losers in Projected Future Climates

Evolutionary biologists have shown that resilience or vulnerability to future climates is influenced by the thermal conditions of the climatic regions where species ...

Marine Drifters: Interdisciplinary Study Explores Plankton Diversity

Researchers have combined mathematical models, marine science, and metagenomics to answer a decades-old question - why are there so many species in the ...

About 94 Per Cent of Wild Bee and Native Plant Species Networks Lost

Climate change and an increase in disturbed bee habitats from expanding agriculture and development in northeastern North America over the last 30 years are likely responsible for a 94 per cent loss ...

Evolution After Chicxulub Asteroid Impact: Rapid Response of Life to End-Cretaceous Mass

The impact event that formed the Chicxulub crater (Yucatán Peninsula, México) caused the extinction of 75% of species on Earth 66 million years ago, including non-avian dinosaurs. One place that ...

Long-Term Consequences of River Damming in the Panama Canal

As the demand for hydroelectricity and water increases in the tropics, a team of scientists explores the natural impacts of one of world's oldest tropical ...

Study Reveals Scale of Habitat Loss for Endangered Birds

A new study warns that the last remaining habitat for several endangered bird species in Europe could reduce by up to 50 per cent in the next century as farmers convert land to more profitable crops ...

Scientists Urge Caution, Further Assessment of Ecological Impacts Above Deep Sea Mining

A new study argues that deep-sea mining poses significant risks, not only to the area immediately surrounding mining operations but also to the water hundreds to thousands of feet above the seafloor, ...

Why Stakeholders in 'Wind Energy Vs Biological Conservation' Conflict Have Low Mutual Trust

Each year, wind turbines are responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of airborne animals such as bats. To find a constructive way out of this ''green-green'' dilemma, ...

Extreme Rainfall Events Cause Top-Heavy Aquatic Food Webs

Scientists across seven different sites throughout Central and South America replicated the extreme rainfall events predicted by climate change science. Using the insect larvae that live in the water ...

How to Tackle Climate Change, Food Security and Land Degradation

How can some of world's biggest problems -- climate change, food security and land degradation -- be tackled simultaneously? Some lesser-known options, such as integrated water management and ...

Making a List of All Creatures, Great and Small

A new article outlines a roadmap for creating, for the first time, an agreed list of all the world's species, from mammals and birds to plants, fungi and ...

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