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Link between surface-water salinity and climate change examined

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:18:49 EST ~ New research explores the impact of de-icing salt from roads and highways on a local watershed. The findings offer hope for the watershed's future surface-water chloride concentrations. Find out more...

Few Chicagoland wetlands left without non-native species, study finds

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:21:29 EST ~ The wetlands in and around Chicago are overwhelmingly invaded by non-native plants, according to a new study. The study, which pulls together species occurrence data from over 2,000 wetlands in the urban region, is the first to describe wetland invasion patterns on such a large scale in the Chicagoland area. Find out more...

The global footprint of fisheries

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:21:24 EST ~ The global fishing fleet is so big it can be seen from space. Really. Find out more...

The Australian government's plan for the biocontrol of the common carp presents several risks

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:50:48 EST ~ Scientists are calling on the Australian authorities to review their decision to introduce the carp herpes virus as a way to combat the common carp having colonized the country's rivers. They not only believe that this measure will be ineffective but that it also represents a risk to ecosystems. Find out more...

New mutant coral symbiont alga able to switch symbiosis off

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:34:16 EST ~ Researchers have identified the first spontaneous mutant coral symbiont alga to not maintain a symbiotic relationship with its host. Find out more...

Climate warming causes local extinction of Rocky Mountain wildflower species

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:24:14 EST ~ New research has established a causal link between climate warming and the localized extinction of a common Rocky Mountain flowering plant, a result that could serve as a herald of future population declines. Find out more...

Theory suggests root efficiency, independence drove global spread of flora

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:18:41 EST ~ Researchers suggest that plants spread worldwide thanks to root adaptations that allowed them to become more efficient and independent. As plant species spread, roots became thinner so they could more efficiently explore poor soils for nutrients, and they shed their reliance on symbiotic fungi. The researchers report that root diameter and reliance on fungi most consistently characterize the plant communities across entire biomes such as deserts, savannas and temperate forests. Find out more...

'Chameleon' ocean bacteria can shift their colors

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:29:47 EST ~ Cyanobacteria -- which propel the ocean engine and help sustain marine life -- can shift their color like chameleons to match different colored light across the world's seas, according to new research. Find out more...

Solar radiation mineralizes terrestrial dissolved organic carbon in the ocean

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:20:39 EST ~ Organic carbon dissolved in water plays a vital role in the Earth's carbon cycle. Understanding carbon cycling is central to understanding climate change and how aquatic communities are structured and supported. Scientists have found out that solar radiation mineralizes more terrestrial dissolved organic carbon in the ocean than in the inland waters. Find out more...

Climate change, evolution, and what happens when researchers are also friends

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:03:51 EST ~ A new study that addresses how climate change is affecting the evolution of organisms underscores the need for evolutionary, ecosystem and climate scientists to work together to better understand eco-evolutionary feedback dynamics. Find out more...