Ecosystems 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 ...

Coastal Cities Leave Up to 75% of Seafloor Exposed to Harmful Light Pollution

New research is the first in the world to quantify the extent to which biologically important artificial light is prevalent on the seafloor and ...

Plastics, Pathogens and Baby Formula: What's in Your Shellfish?

The first landmark study using next-generation technology to comprehensively examine contaminants in oysters in Myanmar reveals alarming findings: the widespread presence of human bacterial pathogens ...

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 ...

Tiny Plants Crucial for Sustaining Dwindling Water Supplies: Global Analysis

Miniscule plants growing on desert soils can help drylands retain water and reduce erosion, researchers have ...

New Method Lets Scientists Peer Deeper Into Ocean

Researchers have advanced a new way to see into the ocean's depths, establishing an approach to detect algae and measure key properties using light. A new article reports using a laser-based ...

Increasing Arctic Freshwater Is Driven by Climate Change

Climate change is driving increasing amounts of freshwater into the Arctic Ocean. Within the next few decades, this will lead to increased freshwater moving into the North Atlantic Ocean, which could ...

Newer PFAS Contaminant Detected for First Time in Arctic Seawater

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), found in many household products and food packages, have raised concerns because of their persistence and possible toxicity to people and wildlife. Because ...

Indigenous People Vital for Understanding Environmental Change

Grassroots knowledge from indigenous people can help to map and monitor ecological changes and improve scientific studies, according to new research. The study shows the importance of indigenous and ...

Smaller Habitats Worse Than Expected for Biodiversity

Biodiversity's ongoing global decline has prompted policies to protect and restore habitats to minimize animal and plant extinctions. However, biodiversity forecasts used to inform these ...

How Clean Water Technologies Could Get a Boost from X-Ray Synchrotrons

Scientists argue that research at synchrotrons could help improve water-purifying materials in ways that might not otherwise be ...

Microbiologists Clarify Relationship Between Microbial Diversity and Soil Carbon Storage

In what they believe is the first study of its kind, researchers report that shifts in the diversity of soil microbial communities can change the soil's ability to sequester carbon, where it ...

Combating a Pandemic Is 500 Times More Expensive Than Preventing One, Research Suggests

The failure to protect tropical rain forests has cost trillions of dollars stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, which has wreaked economic havoc and caused historic levels of unemployment in the ...

Deep Sea Microbes Dormant for 100 Million Years Are Hungry and Ready to Multiply

Researchers reveal that given the right food in the right laboratory conditions, microbes collected from subseafloor sediment as old as 100 million years can revive and multiply, even after laying ...

Soil Animals Are Getting Smaller With Climate Change

The biomass of small animals that decompose plants in the soil and thus maintain its fertility is declining both as a result of climate change and over-intensive cultivation. To their surprise, ...

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 ...

Scientists Record Rapid Carbon Loss from Warming Peatlands

Scientists have demonstrated a direct relationship between climate warming and carbon loss in a peatland ecosystem. Their study provides a glimpse of potential futures where significant stores of ...

Alaska Is Getting Wetter: That's Bad News for Permafrost and the Climate

Alaska is getting wetter. A new study spells out what that means for the permafrost that underlies about 85% of the state, and the consequences for Earth's global ...

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 ...

Mercury Remains a Persistent Poison in Connecticut's Still River

Researchers are beginning to unravel how century-old mercury pollution impacts local food ...

Lightning Strikes More Than 100 Million Times Per Year in the Tropics

Tropical storms often begin with an impressive display of pyrotechnics, but researchers have largely overlooked the role of lightning strikes in tropical ...

Climate Change Is Impacting the Spread of Invasive Animal Species

What factors influence the spread of invasive animal species in our oceans? The Asian shore crab as an example of invasive species successfully spreading to the North Sea and ...

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