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Scientists Describe 24 New Species Of Flower Fly Found In Central And Southern America
2013-01-31 13:48:56

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology A team of scientists have described twenty four new species of dipterans belonging to Quichuana genus, of which only a further 24 species were known. The researchers, including two Spanish biologists, have been studying the forests of Central and Southern America for ten years and they have now published their results in the 'Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society'. A ten-year study in forests of the American continent has...

2013-01-29 23:00:15

An article recently published in the Journal of Mammalogy, Volume 94 Issue 6 focuses on the struggling Florida manatee population and analyzes the factors pertaining to their decline. (PRWEB) January 29, 2013 Journal of Mammalogy — There is a better than 49 percent probability that the Florida manatee population will fall below 500 individual animals in the next 100 years, according to one analysis. One of the factors that can drive population decline is a lack of genetic diversity....

Human Specimen Collections Study In The US Offers First Look At Their Huge Diversity
2013-01-28 11:08:32

University of North Carolina Health Care Biobanks are organizations that collect, store and share human specimens (e.g., blood, solid tissues, hair) for research purposes. The rise of the human genome project and of large-scale genetics studies have spurred a dramatic increase in the number of biobanks in the last decade, increasing their importance in biomedical research. But until now, biobanks in the U.S. have never been studied systematically, leaving few clear details as to how...

New Study Debunks Claims That Most Species Will Vanish Before They Are Discovered
2013-01-25 11:54:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from researchers at the University of Auckland, Griffith University and the University of Oxford has debunked claims that most species will go extinct before they can be discovered. "Surprisingly, few species have gone extinct, to our knowledge. Of course, there will have been some species which have disappeared without being recorded, but not many we think," Professor Nigel Stork, Deputy Head of the Griffith School of...

Goat Gene Pool Facing Global Threats
2013-01-25 06:03:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The global genetic pool of the goat — an animal whose meat is a vital source of protein in many impoverished nations — is being threatened, and some breeds could be at risk of dying out altogether, researchers from the Regional Service of Agro-Food Research and Development (SERIDA) claim in a new report. The study, which SERIDA said is the first monographic study of the worldwide impact of the species, “took into...

Effect Of Invasive Plants On Species Richness Depends On Scale
2013-01-17 14:41:43

Washington University in St. Louis In Missouri forests, dense thickets of invasive honeysuckle decrease the light available to other plants, hog the attention of pollinators, and offer nutrient-stingy berries to migrating birds. They even release toxins to make it less likely native plants will germinate near them. Why, then, are recent popular science articles recommending a recalibration of the traditional no-tolerance attitude toward non-native species, suggesting that we´ve...

2013-01-16 10:37:00

Ecologists at the University of Toronto and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) have found that, given time, invading exotic plants will likely eliminate native plants growing in the wild despite recent reports to the contrary. A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) reports that recent statements that invasive plants are not problematic are often based on incomplete information, with insufficient time having passed to observe...

2013-01-11 05:02:00

MyEcoGardens is having a 10% off sale on everything that is needed to get gardening seeds started for 2013. Colville, Washington (PRWEB) January 10, 2013 It is a new year and its time to start thinking about ideas and planing for an exciting 2013 gardening year. MyEcoGardens.com is excited about starting another year of gardening and is having a 10% off sale on seed starter kits. Most of the kits include everything to get seeds started from a mini greenhouse, plantable cell inserts, and...

Biologists Dig In The Dirt For Soil Microbes
2013-01-03 18:59:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Understanding biological diversity has been the key to learning how ecosystems around the world function in a sustainable manner. A team of American and Australian scientists has taken this philosophy and applied it to a section of the ecosystem that has largely been ignored, the microbial communities that lie just below our feet. “We´ve been walking around on soil since the beginning of time and never really knew...


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Heirloom plant
2013-09-20 13:16:15

Heirloom plants are plants that were grown centuries ago, handed down through the generations, and are still grown today without genetic modification. Heirloom plants maintain their traits year after year even though they are subjected to open pollination. Growing heirlooms is becoming more popular in North America and Europe because of their resistance to disease, pests, and extreme weather. Plants that have been genetically altered through artificial means, otherwise known as hybrids,...

Conservation Biology
2012-05-12 20:05:54

Conservation Biology is a peer-reviewed academic journal of the Society for Conservation Biology. It was established in 1987 and is published by Wiley-Blackwell. Conservation Biology was originally developed to provide a global voice for an emerging discipline. It quickly became the most important journal dealing with the topic of biological diversity. Editor-in-chief is Gary Meffe; managing editor is Ellen Main. Stanley A. Temple, President of the SCB from 1991-1993, said: “The...

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Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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