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August 7, 2020



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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, ...

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 ...

Changes in Snowmelt Threaten Farmers in Western US

Farmers in parts of the western United States who rely on snowmelt to help irrigate their crops will be among the hardest hit in the world by climate change, a new study ...

Climate Change May Cut Soil's Ability to Absorb Water

Coasts, oceans, ecosystems, weather and human health all face impacts from climate change, and now valuable soils may also be affected. Climate change may reduce the ability of soils to absorb water ...
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Grasshopper Declines Associated With Declines in Quality of Prairie Grasses

A new study shows that grasshopper numbers have declined over 30% in a Kansas grassland preserve over the past two decades. The study reveals a new potent and potentially widespread threat to ...

Climate Shifts Prompt Shrubs and Trees to Take Root in Open Areas

Wild, treeless landscapes are becoming more wooded as climate change leads to warming temperatures and wetter weather, research ...

Biomass Fuels Can Significantly Mitigate Global Warming

Biomass fuels derived from various grasses could significantly mitigate global warming by reducing carbon, according to a long-term field ...

Biodiversity Increases the Efficiency of Energy Use in Grasslands

Plants obtain their energy from the sun. Other beings rely on eating to survive. Yet how does the energy flow inside ecosystems function and are there differences between ecosystems with many species ...

Helping Discover the Diversity in Soil

Microbiological communities reveal a great deal of information about the state of soils. A lot of research is being performed on this biodiversity at a genetic level but third parties are not always ...

Prairie Plants Need Fiery Romance

In a new study, researchers found that prescribed, expert-controlled fires are critically important to successful reproduction in prairie plants. Fires cause prairie plants to flower at the same ...

Dance of the Honey Bee Reveals Fondness for Strawberries

Bees are pollinators of many plants, but their diversity and density is declining. A team investigated their foraging behavior in agricultural landscapes. They found that honey bees prefer strawberry ...

Rural Water Wells in High Plains Aquifer Show Large Increase in Nitrate Levels

Private well owners should test water quality annually, according to a recent study that revealed nitrate levels in shallow wells above US Environment Protection Act ...

A Little Prairie Can Rescue Honey Bees from Famine on the Farm

Scientists placed honey bee hives next to soybean fields in Iowa and tracked how the bees fared over the growing season. To their surprise, the bees did well for much of the summer. The colonies ...

Yellowstone's Migrating Bison Manipulate Springtime Green-Up

In effect, the bison graze with such intensity that they turn back the clock on forage green-up, hitting reset on ...

A Century Later, Plant Biodiversity Struggles in Wake of Agricultural Abandonment

Decades after farmland was abandoned, plant biodiversity and productivity struggle to recover, according to new ...

Helpful Insects and Landscape Changes

We might not notice them, but the crops farmers grow are protected by scores of tiny invertebrate bodyguards. Naturally occurring arthropods like spiders and lady beetles patrol crop fields looking ...

A Win-Win for Forests and Small-Holder Dairy Farming in East Africa

The native Napier grass could hold the key to improving diets, boosting farming yields and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in East Africa. Growing and using Napier as a nutrient rich animal fodder ...

Early Humans Evolved in Ecosystems Unlike Any Found Today

To understand the environmental pressures that shaped human evolution, scientists must reconstruct the ecosystems in which they lived. Because putting together the puzzle of millions-of-years-old ...

'Planting Water' Is Possible -- Against Aridity and Droughts

Scientists have developed a mathematical model that can reflect the complex interplays between vegetation, soil and water regimes. They show, for example, that in beech forests water is increasingly ...

Birds in Serious Decline at Lake Constance

In the past 30 years, the number of breeding pairs in the region has dropped by 25 percent from 465,000 in the eighties to 345,000 by ...

Grassland Biodiversity Is Blowing in the Wind

Temperate grasslands are the most endangered but least protected ecosystems on Earth. A new study found that milkweeds and other plants that have seeds carried by the wind are an important source for ...

Plants Could Remove Six Years of Carbon Dioxide Emissions -- If We Protect Them

By analysing 138 experiments, researchers have mapped the potential of today's plants and trees to store extra carbon by the end of the ...

Global Change Is Triggering an Identity Switch in Grasslands

Since the first Homo sapiens emerged in Africa roughly 300,000 years ago, grasslands have sustained humanity and thousands of other species. But today, those grasslands are shifting beneath our feet. ...

Burning Invasive Western Juniper Maintains Sagebrush Dominance Longer

Burning invasive western juniper increases the time -- post-fire -- that native mountain sagebrush will remain the dominant woody vegetation in the plant community by at least 44 percent compared to ...

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