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Living at the edges

By  Washington State University 12/4/2019 PULLMAN, Wash. – Resembling an overgrown house cat with black-tipped ears and a stubby tail, the Canada lynx, a native of North America, teeters on the brink of extinction in the U.S. The few lynx that now roam parts of Washington and the mountainous Northwest survive largely because of a network of protected landscapes that crosses…

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Silverswords may be gone with the wind

In a new study in Ecological Monographs, researchers seek to understand recent population declines of Haleakalā silverswords and identify conservation strategies for the future.

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Yeasts in nectar can stimulate the growth of bee colonies

By KU Leuven 11/20/2019 Researchers from KU Leuven have discovered that the presence of yeasts can alter the chemical composition and thus the nutritional value of nectar for pollinators such as bees. The study discovered that yeasts can even boost bee health and colony fitness. “Research into the role of microbes in our ecosystem is of vital importance to safeguard bees.”…

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New danger for corals in warming oceans: Metal pollution

By Cornell University 11/20/2019 ITHACA, N.Y. -Metal copper from agricultural runoff and marine paint leaching from boat hulls poses an emerging threat to soft coral sea fans in the waters around Puerto Rico. In a Cornell-led study, published in the journal Ecological Applications, scientists report evidence of metal pollution creating danger for the soft coral sea fans. “We know warming oceans…

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Moose and sawflies on the same pine – how do they interact?

By Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 10/29/2019 Although common, indirect interactions between taxonomically distant herbivores, such as mammals and insects, are less studied than interaction between taxonomically related species (insect–insect). In this study the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the Max Planck Institute for chemical ecology in Germany show that sawfly performance was enhanced on trees browsed by moose….

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ISU Professor Aho studies how airborne bacteria, fungi help it rain and snow

By Idaho State University 11/5/2019 POCATELLO – Most people don’t think of weather as having a biological component and aren’t aware of the role airborne bacteria and fungi have in helping create rain and snow. But Ken Aho, Idaho State University associate professor of biological sciences, studies this phenomenon. “Weather is not as simple as we think – it is…

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