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Plants May Be Taking Up More Atmospheric Carbon Than Models

Plants May Be Taking Up More Atmospheric Carbon Than Models Previously Estimated

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research led by scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee has found that global climate change models may have underestimated the amount of carbon dioxide absorption by...

Latest Biogeography Stories

Darwin Had It Right All Along About Invasive Species
2014-10-06 03:25:14

Brown University Dov Sax of Brown University and Jason Fridley of Syracuse University aren't proposing a novel idea to explain species invasiveness. In fact, Charles Darwin articulated it first. What's new about Sax and Fridley's "Evolutionary Imbalance Hypothesis" (EIH) is that they've tested it using quantifiable evidence and report in Global Ecology and Biogeography that the EIH works well. The EIH idea is this: Species from regions with deep and diverse evolutionary histories are...

2014-09-26 12:22:23

TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Endangered Canada lynx, endangered mainland Nova Scotia moose, wood turtles and other at risk species are being supported through five new forest conservation projects. The sites, totalling 2,142 acres (867 hectares) of forest have been saved across Canada through a partnership between the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and TD Bank Group (TD). The announcement was made as part of National Forest Week (Sept 21 - 27). The sites, located in Alberta,...

changing rangelands
2014-08-21 03:15:30

Sandy Leander, ASU School of Life Sciences Half of the Earth’s land mass is made up of rangelands, which include grasslands and savannas, yet they are being transformed at an alarming rate. Woody plants, such as trees and shrubs, are moving in and taking over, leading to a loss of critical habitat and causing a drastic change in the ability of ecosystems to produce food – specifically meat. Researchers with Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences led an investigation...

Burrowing Animals May Have Been Key To Stabilizing Earth's Oxygen Reservoir
2014-08-08 03:22:57

University of Southern Denmark Evolution of the first burrowing animals may have played a major role in stabilizing the Earth's oxygen reservoir, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience. Around 540 million years ago, the first burrowing animals evolved. When these worms began to mix up the ocean floor's sediments (a process known as bioturbation), their activity came to significantly influence the ocean's phosphorus cycle and as a result, the amount of oxygen in Earth's...

Pseudophilautus poppiae
2014-08-05 03:30:16

Lauren Ingeno, George Washington University Assistant Professor of Biology Alex Pyron has created the only large-scale biogeographic analysis of its kind. There are more than 7,000 known species of amphibians that can be found in nearly every type of ecosystem on six continents. But there have been few attempts to understand exactly when and how frogs, toads, salamanders and caecilians have moved across the planet throughout time. Armed with DNA sequence data, Alex Pyron, an...

Brother Of Hibiscus Is Found Alive And Well On Maui
2014-08-01 03:08:23

Pensoft Publishers Most people are familiar with Hibiscus flowers- they are an iconic symbol of tropical resorts worldwide where they are commonly planted in the landscape. Some, like Hawaii's State Flower- Hibiscus brackenridgei- are endangered species. Only a relatively few botanists and Hawaiian conservation workers, however, are aware of an equally beautiful and intriguing related group of plants known as Hibiscadelphus- literally "brother of Hibiscus". Brother of Hibiscus...

2014-07-01 08:32:31

TORONTO, July 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Recently, a once-familiar hardwood decking - more specifically mahogany decking - has returned to Toronto, Muskoka, Aurora, Oakville, Mississauga, and all of Ontario. A green hardwood, Swietenia Macrophylla is plantation grown. Mahogany lumber takes hardwood stain; all Fijian mahogany is excellent outdoor hardwood. Green World Lumber offers a great new option to support eco-friendly building choices that frequently complement nature-minded lifestyle....

2014-06-23 08:25:15

Campaign to focus on Everglades Holiday Park's conservation efforts, expansion and must-see destination status. BOCA RATON, Fla., June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Everglades Holiday Park (www.evergladesholidaypark.com), a one-of-a-kind tourist destination and gateway to the Florida Everglades, has hired South Florida based Insider Media Management (www.insidermediamgmt.com) as its public relations agency of record. "At Everglades Holiday Park we strive for perfection, accept...

2014-06-11 23:10:49

Two moms certified as Holistic Health Coaches will explore their families’ experiences as they embark on the Suburban Smackdown (as seen on Charlotte Today), a family challenge of buying nothing new for six months, on the new health and lifestyle blog Spunky Avocado. Matthews, NC (PRWEB) June 11, 2014 Two holistic health and lifestyle coaches expand beyond their traditional role of clean eating and attack the habit of over-consumption through their Suburban Smackdown Challenge. Spunky...

Galapagos Islands evolution
2014-05-08 03:00:51

Wiley Research News The Galapagos Islands have an iconic status in the history of evolutionary study, now new research shows that the islands’ own geological past may have influenced the evolution of the chain’s native species. Writing in the Journal of Biogeography, Jason Ali and Jonathan Aitchison explore how fluctuating sea level changes over thousands of years impacted the island chain’s ecology. They estimate that when the sea retreated, most recently 20,000 years ago,...


Latest Biogeography Reference Libraries

Hispaniolan Pine, Pinus occidentalis
2014-02-26 08:30:03

Hispaniolan pine (Pinus occidentalis) is found largely on the Caribbean island Hispaniola growing on the slopes. Hispaniolan pine forests can be found on the island of Haiti and the Dominican Republic in the mountain range. The Hispaniolan pine can grow in mixed stands of trees with other broadleaf trees at elevations between 2789 and 6890 feet and in pure stands from 6890 feet up to 10,420 feet. These trees are also found in the lowlands growing in acidic soil that is rich in iron and...

Avocado Tree, Persea americana
2014-02-14 16:17:00

Persea americana is a flowering plant that belongs to the Lauraceae family. It is widely known as the Avocado tree. P. americana is a tree that grows up to 66 feet tall. It has alternately arranged leaves that measure about 5 to 10 inches long. Its flowers are tiny and greenish-yellow, measuring .2 to .4 inches in diameter. The tree’s popular, pear shaped green fruit measures 2.8 to 7.9 inches long and weighs between 3.5 and 35 ounces. It contains a single large seed, measuring 2 to 2.5...

Micro Frog, Microbatrachella Capensis
2013-07-16 12:33:22

The Micro Frog (Microbatrachella capensis) is a minute species of frog belonging to the Pyxicephalidae family, in the monotypic genus Microbatrachella. At about .71 inches long, it is one of the smallest regional species. Its color varies from rufous brown with dark mottling, to tan or green, depending on the population. It is native to the south-western Cape area of South Africa, with a single population located on the Cape Flats of Cape Town and a series of populations on the eastern...

Great Basin Shrub Steppe
2013-04-19 20:40:07

The Great Basin shrub steppe ecoregion, located within the Deserts and xeric shrublands Biome, incorporates a variety of xeric shrub-steppe sub-ecoregions in the area of the Great Basin in the Western United States. It’s within the North American Desert area, and includes a great deal of Nevada, northeastern and eastern California east of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range rain shadows, and some parts of Utah and Idaho. The Great Basin Desert and semi-arid non-desert xeric shrubland...

Mulga Lands
2013-04-19 20:34:07

The Mulga Lands are an interim Australian bioregion out of eastern Australia made up of dry and sandy plains that are scattered with mulga trees. Located in inland New South Wales and Queensland these are level plains with some low hills and infertile sandy soil with a cover of shrubs and grasses with mulga and eucalyptus trees. The region incorporates regions of wetland, the majority of which are only seasonally flooded, these include Lake Numalla and Lake Wyara, the Currawinya Lakes,...

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