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Invasive plants: Scientists examine the relative impact of proximity to seed sources

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:53:57 EDT ~ A new study tackles an important, unresolved question in the biology of invasive plants. Which is most important to the establishment of new invasive communities -- proximity to seed sources, canopy disturbance, or soil disturbance? Find out more...

Genetic differences in trees untouched by mountain pine beetles

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:31:31 EDT ~ A researcher has discovered that mountain pine beetles may avoid certain trees within a population they normally would kill due to genetics in the trees. Find out more...

Female mosquitoes get choosy quickly to offset invasions

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:43:45 EDT ~ Certain female mosquitoes quickly evolve more selective mating behavior when faced with existential threats from other invasive mosquito species, with concurrent changes to certain genetic regions, according to new research. Find out more...

Logging site slash removal may be boon for wild bees in managed forests

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:14:39 EDT ~ New research suggests the removal of timber harvest residue during harvesting may be a boon for wild bees, an important step toward better understanding the planet's top group of pollinators. Find out more...

Frequent fires make droughts harder for young trees, even in wet eastern forests

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:44:49 EDT ~ Forests in the eastern United States may have had it easy compared to their western counterparts, with the intense, prolonged droughts and wildfires that have become typical out west in recent years. But as the climate changes over time, eastern forests are also likely to experience longer droughts. And although wildfires are comparatively rare, prescriptive fires are increasingly used in the east. How will these forests fare in the future? A new study provides answers. Find out more...

Protecting trees from imported pests

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:59:05 EDT ~ New research unravels the dynamics of tree production, economics and variability in demand to show how to reduce the risks of importing such damaging forest pests and diseases as oak processionary moth and ash dieback. Find out more...

Severe declines of mountain hares on Scottish grouse moors

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:14:34 EDT ~ Mountain hare numbers on moorlands in the eastern Highlands have declined to less than one per cent of their initial levels, according to a long-term scientific study. Find out more...

Deep in the weeds: Using eDNA sequencing to survey pondweed diversity

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:26:05 EDT ~ Researchers have developed a protocol using environmental DNA (eDNA) to identify aquatic plant diversity, making ecological biodiversity surveys of these plant communities faster and less expensive. Their study on pondweeds -- an important bioindicator of aquatic ecosystem health -- allows researchers to overcome difficulties in monitoring and identification, and draw conclusions regarding plant diversity and water quality. eDNA is a rapidly emerging technique, but its use in aquatic habitats has been understudied. Find out more...

Fresh insight into invasive plant that blights UK rivers

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:29 EDT ~ New research into the behavior of an invasive plant seen on riverbanks across the UK could help improve the management of the problem, experts have found. Find out more...

Lichen is losing to wildfire, years after flames are gone

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:34:45 EDT ~ As increasingly hot and severe wildfires scorch the West, some lichen communities integral to conifer forests aren't returning, even years after the flames have been extinguished, according to a study from scientists at the University of California, Davis. Find out more...