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First tally of US-Russia polar bears finds a healthy population

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:43:15 EST ~ The first scientific assessment of polar bears that live in the Chukchi Sea region that spans the US and Russia finds the population is healthy and does not yet appear to be suffering from declining sea ice. Find out more...

Tropical trees in the Andes are moving up -- toward extinction

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:20:22 EST ~ In the most comprehensive study of its kind, biologists have found that tropical and subtropical forests across South America's Andes Mountains are responding to warming temperatures by migrating to higher, cooler elevations, but probably not quickly enough to avoid the loss of their biodiversity, functional collapse, or even extinction. Find out more...

Moths and magnets could save lives

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:03:59 EST ~ Bioengineers have combined a virus that infects moths with magnetic nanoparticles to create a potential new therapy for inherited genetic diseases like muscular dystrophy, sickle cell, cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy and some forms of cancer. Find out more...

How plants evolved to make ants their servants

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:17:01 EST ~ Plants have evolved ways to make ants defend them from attacks and spread their seeds, and this new study shows how it happened. In a new study breaking down the genetic history of 1,700 species of ants and 10,000 plant genera, researchers found that the long history of ant and plant co-evolution started with ants foraging on plants and plants responding by evolving ant-friendly traits. Find out more...

Primates of the Caribbean: Ancient DNA reveals history of mystery monkey

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:16:45 EST ~ Analysis of ancient DNA of a mysterious extinct monkey named Xenothrix -- which displays bizarre body characteristics very different to any living monkey -- has revealed that it was in fact most closely related to South America's titi monkeys (Callicebinae). Having made their way overwater to Jamaica, probably on floating vegetation, their bones reveal they subsequently underwent remarkable evolutionary change. Find out more...

Misunderstood flying fox could prove bat species demise, warn scientists

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:16:24 EST ~ A large fruit-eating bat native to Mauritius is the subject of controversy over the announcement of a major cull to protect the Indian island's fruit crops, despite a lack of evidence as to the extent of damage directly attributed to the endangered species. Monitoring the damage directly caused by the Mauritian flying fox to commercial fruit, researchers found the bat is responsible for only some, and could be managed effectively without the need to cull. Find out more...

Conservation areas help birdlife adapt to climate change

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:16:15 EST ~ A warming climate is pushing organisms towards the circumpolar areas and mountain peaks. A recently conducted study on changes in bird populations reveals that protected areas slow down the north-bound retreat of species. Find out more...

It's not trails that disturb forest birds, but the people on them

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 08:24:17 EST ~ The physical presence of trails has less impact on forest birds than how frequently the trails are used by people, finds the first study to disentangle the effect of forest trails from the presence of humans. This is also the case when trails have been used for decades, suggesting that forest birds do not get used to human activity. To minimize disturbance, people should avoid roaming from designated pathways. Find out more...

New tool to predict which plants will become invasive

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:22:08 EST ~ New research provides insight to help predict which plants are likely to become invasive in a particular community. The results showed that non-native plants are more likely to become invasive when they possess biological traits that are different from the native community and that plant height can be a competitive advantage. Find out more...

Marine Protected Areas overlook a large fraction of biodiversity hotspots

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 09:13:20 EST ~ Around 75 percent of marine biodiversity in Finnish waters is left unprotected, reveals a performance assessment of the country's current Marine Protected Area network. Increasing protection by just 1 percent in the most biodiverse areas could double conservation of the most important species. In addition to identifying areas of high conservation value, the methodology can also be used in ecosystem-based marine spatial planning and impact avoidance, including siting of wind energy, aquaculture and other human activities. Find out more...