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Invasive Plants Can Accelerate The Greenhouse Effect
2014-07-02 03:04:01

Clemson University Clemson University scientists are shedding new light on how invasion by exotic plant species affects the ability of soil to store greenhouse gases. The research could have far-reaching implications for how we manage agricultural land and native ecosystems. In a paper published in the scientific journal New Phytologist, plant ecologist Nishanth Tharayil and graduate student Mioko Tamura show that invasive plants can accelerate the greenhouse effect by releasing carbon...

Stored Carbohydrates Make Trees More Resistant To Drought
2014-06-30 03:41:47

University of Zurich How well tropical trees weather periods of drought depends on the carbohydrates stored, as revealed by a novel experiment conducted by an international team of researchers headed by ecologists from the University of Zurich in contribution to the University Research Priority Program on “Global Change and Biodiversity”. The findings are extremely important for assessing the resistance of tropical forests to climate change and reforestation. Water is the limiting...

2014-06-27 23:02:53

Funding will support larger regional effort to protect important marine habitats for the sake of local livelihoods and tourism in the region. Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 27, 2014 The Nature Conservancy announced today that the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the World Bank, has contributed US$7.2 million to the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) to promote the conservation, protection, management and expansion of national protected area systems and other areas of biodiversity...

Monkeys Have Undergone Evolution In Facial Appearance To Avoid Interbreeding
2014-06-27 03:34:36

New York University Old World monkeys have undergone a remarkable evolution in facial appearance as a way of avoiding interbreeding with closely related and geographically proximate species, researchers from New York University and the University of Exeter have found. Their research provides the best evidence to date for the role of visual cues as a barrier to breeding across species. "Evolution produces adaptations that help animals thrive in a particular environment, and over time...

Surprising Spread Of Spring Leaf-out Times: Study
2014-06-19 03:54:51

Richard Primack, Boston University Medical Center Observing 1,600 species at 8 botanical gardens globally should impact climate-change models Despite conventional wisdom among gardeners, foresters and botanists that woody plants all "leaf out" at about the same time each spring, a new study organized by a Boston University biologist found a surprisingly wide span of as much as three months in leaf-out times. Significantly, observations the past two springs of 1,597 woody plants in...

Better Protection From Humans Needed For Antarctica's Ice-Free Land
2014-06-19 06:55:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Despite the harsh conditions, the number of visitors arriving in the Antarctic is soaring each year. This worries the world's leading environmental scientists who say that Antarctica's ice-free land needs better protection from human activities. Of the 55 Antarctic areas designated for protection, all of them lie close to human activity sites and seven are at a high risk for biological invasions. According to the study, published in...

2014-06-18 10:04:17

The UC Santa Barbara Current A graduate student assesses the underlying assumptions and predictive ability of functional-group models used to study seabed communities UC Santa Barbara doctoral candidate Caitlin Fong travels to French Polynesia often but not for vacation. She goes there to study a coral reef ecosystem influenced by human impacts such as overfishing and nutrient pollution. Her work focuses not only on biological changes but also methods scientists use to determine...

2014-06-17 23:16:19

Ecology is the branch of biology concerned with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings. The Life, Earth & Health Sciences Magazine EurekaMag.com has newly published abstracts of 7,730 studies covering the relationships between groups of several living things and their environments. Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) June 17, 2014 EurekaMag.com has newly published 7,730 ecological studies covering processes influencing the distribution and abundance of...

2014-06-12 23:12:48

Mosquito Genie® is the world’s first all-natural, solar-powered outdoor organic lamp that kills mosquitoes. It is perfect for homes, hotels, restaurants, and taverns. This is an ideal solution for any outdoor area where human beings can enjoy an out-of-doors experience when the sun goes away and mosquitoes come out to prey. San Diego, California (PRWEB) June 12, 2014 Mosquito Genie® is the new way to kill mosquitoes with no smells, man-made chemicals, CO2 or traps to clean-up...

Freshwater Fish Depend On Healthy Forests To Survive
2014-06-12 06:56:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The phrase "forest loss" or "deforestation" brings to mind negative impacts such as a loss in habitat, the release of greenhouse gases, soil erosion and economic hardships. Such negative outcomes are seen in many of the world's forests. One thing that doesn't come to mind is dying fish. A new study from the University of Cambridge, however, reveals exactly that problem: dying fish populations. As debris from a healthy forest washes...


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Sequoia slender salamander, Batrachoseps kawia
2014-02-06 10:04:58

The Sequoia slender salamander (Batrachoseps kawia) is a member of the Plethodontidae family. The species is native to California, ranging the western Sierra Mountains in California and the Kaweah River in Tulare County, California. The Sequoia slender salamander inhabits deciduous woodlands, mossy green areas and coniferous forests. The Sequoia slender salamander typically reaches lengths between 1.3 to 1.8 inches long from snout to vent.  As its common name implies, its small, slim body...

San Gabriel slender salamander, Batrachoseps gabrieli
2014-02-06 09:49:23

The San Gabriel slender salamander (Batrachoseps gabrieli) is a member of the Plethodontidae family of salamander species. The species is native to California and it is found ranging from the San Gabriel Canyon, in the eastern San Gabriel Mountains to Kimbark and Waterman Canyon in the extreme western San Bernardino Mountains. The San Gabriel slender salamander grows to lengths between 1.5 and 2 inches. As its name implies, its small, slim body gives this salamander an almost wormlike...

Garden slender salamander
2014-01-28 09:52:54

The Garden slender salamander (Batrachoseps major) is a member of the Plethodontidae family. The species is native to southern California and Mexico. The Sequoia slender salamander inhabits coastal sage scrub and woodlands, coniferous forests and rocky slopes. The species may also be found in common suburban gardens. The Garden slender salamander typically reaches lengths between 1.2 to 2.3 inches long from snout to vent. Its tail may measure almost 40% of its entire length. As its common...

Black-bellied Slender Salamander, Batrachoseps nigriventris
2014-01-17 15:33:18

The Black-bellied slender salamander (Batrachoseps nigriventris) is a member of the Plethodontidae family. The species is native to California. The slender salamander often inhabits oak woodlands. The species may also be found in mountains, stream surroundings and grasslands. The Black-bellied slender salamander ranges specifically throughout the mountains and valleys of the coast range from southern Monterey County south to the Santa Ana Mountains, including the Tehachapi, Santa Monica...

India Shoebutton Ardisia, Ardisia elliptica
2014-01-17 14:57:17

Ardisia elliptica is an evergreen tree species. The plant is a member of the Myrsinaceae family. It may also be commonly referred to as the Shoebutton ardisia. A. elliptica is a tropical shrub that can grow up to a height of 16 feet. Natural plants growing in forest habitats are recognized by a single stem producing short, perpendicular branches. The leaves are long, leathery and green. Inflorescences or flower clusters are grown in the leaf axils of the branches leaves. Flowers have light...

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