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2011-03-18 14:56:53

More than half of the world's population now lives in cities, yet we know little about how urbanization affects biodiversity. In one the first studies of its kind, ecologists in Indianapolis, USA have used 70 year-old dried plant specimens to track the impact of increasing urbanization on plants. The results are published this week in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Ecology. Lead by Dr Rebecca Dolan, director of the Friesner Herbarium, Butler University, the team examined 2,800...

2010-02-22 12:50:00

Thanks to the introduction of various non-native species to Australia throughout history, the country is overrun with feral animals. A new application developed by ecologists at the University of Adelaide to be published in the first issue of Methods in Ecology and Evolution, the new journal from the British Ecological Society, aims to improve the success of wildlife managers tasked with eradicating such problems. Often, strategies employed by government and wildlife managers can be at best...

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2009-01-13 09:36:22

Last winter, government agencies killed one third of Yellowstone National Park's bison herd due to concerns about the possible spread of a livestock disease to cattle that graze in areas around the park. Such drastic measures may be unnecessary, however, according to researchers who have assessed the risk of disease transmission from Yellowstone bison to cattle. "There are more cost-effective management solutions than the current approach, which has been highly controversial," said Marm...

2008-12-12 15:19:11

Climate change is hampering the long-term recovery of rivers from the effects of acid rain, as wet weather counteracts improvements, according to a new study by Cardiff University. The research, by Professor Steve Ormerod and Dr Isabelle Durance of the School of Biosciences, took place over a 25 year period around Llyn Brianne in mid-Wales. Their findings are published online today in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology. Carried out in 14 streams, the research involved...

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2008-10-01 14:30:00

A recent study has concluded that wind turbines pose less of a risk to farmland birds than previously thought. Research showed that building new wind farms on European farmland would not adversely affect bird populations, a team of researchers said. Studies in the past highlighted how turbine blades were hazardous for waterbirds and bird of prey species. The findings have been published in the British Ecological Society's (BES) Journal of Applied Ecology. "The message on farmland specifically...


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Functional Ecology
2012-04-29 19:39:27

Functional Ecology is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the British Ecological Society. The journal covers Standard Papers, Reviews, Perspectives and Special Features. It publishes papers on physiological, behavioral, and evolutionary ecology. Editor-in-chief of this bimonthly published journal is Duncan Irschick. According to the Journal Citation Reports, in 2010 it ranked 18 of 129 journals in the category “Ecology.” Image Caption: A...

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