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January 18, 2019

Bear Necessities: New Study Highlights Importance of Water Resources for Andean Bears

Jan. 15, 2019 — A new study highlights the importance of water for Andean bears living in the mountain forests of Peru. The study found that bears exhibit tree-rubbing behavior on shrubs and trees that are located ... read more

History of North African Date Palm

Jan. 14, 2019 — Genome analysis reveals that North African date palms are a hybrid between cultivated date palms from the Middle East and a different, wild species of palm that grows on the island of Crete and in ... read more

Cities Could Play a Key Role in Pollinator Conservation

Jan. 14, 2019 — Given the pressures that pollinators face in agricultural land, cities could play an important role in conserving pollinators, according to a new study. The research has revealed that gardens and ... read more

Scientists Identify How Plants Sense Temperature

Jan. 14, 2019 — A UC Riverside researcher is leading a team exploring how plants respond to ... read more

Jan. 11, 2019 — One of the greatest challenges in saving endangered species is to predict if an animal population will die out. Accurate and reliable models are crucial for ... read more

Jan. 9, 2019 — Landscapes can change from day-to-day and year-to-year, and many animals will move about according to resource availability. But do they remember past resource conditions? Just how important is ... read more

Trees Change Inside as Drought Persists

Jan. 9, 2019 — Scientists have found that trees change their anatomy in response to prolonged ... read more

Jan. 9, 2019 — Tropical forests are one of the largest natural sources of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O), and a tiny insect may play a big role in how those emissions are spread out across the ... read more

Jan. 8, 2019 — Mega-dams should not be built in lowland tropical forest regions due to the threat they pose to biodiversity and ecosystems, according to ... read more

Variable Venom: Why Are Some Snakes Deadlier Than Others?

Jan. 8, 2019 — By comparing records of venom potency and quantity for over 100 venomous snake species, researchers have discovered that the potency of a snake's venom depends on what it ... read more

Jan. 7, 2019 — According to a new study that looked at 10 species of vertebrates, evolution used a kind of universal formula for turning non-monogamous species into monogamous species -- turning up the activity of ... read more

Jan. 7, 2019 — An international team of scientists, involving entomologists, conservation biologists, agro-ecologists and geographers, has just revealed how on-farm biological control can slow the pace of tropical ... read more

Revised Brazilian Forest Code May Lead to Increased Legal Deforestation in Amazon

Jan. 4, 2019 — Researchers show that up to 15 million hectares of forest risk losing protection owing to a new clause in the law under which state governments can let private landowners protect only 50 percent of ... read more

Jan. 4, 2019 — Scientists have identified wildlife species that are the most likely to host flaviviruses such as Zika, West Nile, dengue and yellow fever. They created a global flavivirus hotspot map from their ... read more

Forest Soundscapes Monitor Conservation Efforts Inexpensively, Effectively

Jan. 3, 2019 — Recordings of the sounds in tropical forests could unlock secrets about biodiversity and aid conservation efforts around the world, according to a new ... read more

Jan. 3, 2019 — Timber rattlesnakes, according to the study's author, are among the most docile creatures in Appalachia. They choose places to hibernate that are more likely to be surface mined due to their ... read more

Jan. 2, 2019 — New work shows for the first time just how widespread and deadly the threat of pathogens from restoration nurseries may be to natural forests. The team surveyed five native plant nurseries in ... read more

'Time Is Ripe' to Use Big Data for Planet-Sized Plant Questions

Jan. 1, 2019 — Scientists have issued a 'call to action' to use big data to tackle longstanding questions about plant diversity and evolution and forecast how plant life will fare on an increasingly ... read more

These Nine Measures Reveal How Forests Are Controlled by Climate

Dec. 28, 2018 — One of the first studies to examine how climate is influencing functional traits in forest communities on a global scale found evidence of major ... read more

Tree-Ring Analysis Explains Physiology Behind Drought Intolerance

Dec. 26, 2018 — Tree rings tell the story of what's happening physiologically as fire suppression makes forests more dense and less tolerant of drought, pests and wildfires, new research ... read more

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