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Grassland Butterfly Populations Sinking In Europe
2013-07-24 11:28:56

A new report reveals that between 1990 and 2011, Europe's grassland butterfly populations have declined dramatically, caused by intensifying agriculture and a failure to manage grassland ecosystems.

Global Warming Smaller Bison
2013-06-21 08:39:15

As climate changes and global temperatures increase, the average size of the iconic American bison will decrease, according to a new study in the journal PLOS ONE.

Volcanic Grit Played Key Role In Strong Tooth Development
2013-03-05 19:55:56

Archeologists have long assumed the evolutionary development of strong, thick-enameled teeth coincides with a mammals shift to a diet of field grasses.

Plant Biodiversity Protects Ecosystems From Human Perils
2013-02-07 08:59:14

A new study highlights the importance of plant biodiversity in protecting natural ecosystems against the perils of ecosystem breakdown.

Diversity Helps To Maintain Grasslands During Drought
2012-08-09 10:21:11

As drought ravages grasslands across the United States, a few American scientists are looking into how different species of grass endure these harsh conditions.

Fossilized Teeth Point To World’s Oldest Grasslands In Chilean Andes
2012-07-25 05:14:14

Two newly discovered and ancient rodent species, including the earliest known chinchilla, may have lived in the world’s oldest grasslands about 32.5 million years ago.

Development Of Grassroots Approach To Conservation
2012-07-11 11:20:38

A new strategy to manage invasive species and achieve broader conservation goals is being tested in the Grand River Grasslands, an area within the North American tallgrass prairie ecoregion.

Mesquite Trees Displacing Southwestern Grasslands
2012-03-19 04:15:21

Mesquite trees and woody shrubs are better adapted than grasslands to a Southwestern climate predicted to shift toward higher temperatures and greater variability in rainfall, UA ecologists have discovered.


Latest Grassland Reference Libraries

Dusky Pademelon, Thylogale brunii
2013-05-01 15:23:20

The dusky pademelon (Thylogale brunii), also known as the dusky wallaby, is a marsupial that can be found on the Kai and Aru islands, Papua New Guinea, and in the Trans Fly savanna and grasslands ecoregion in Papua Province in Indonesia. It prefers a habitat in both arid and tropical savannahs, forests, shrublands, lowlands, and grasslands. This species was named after its discoverer, Cornelis de Bruijn, and was once commonly known as philander, or “friend of man,” and the Aru Island...

Central tall grasslands
2013-04-19 18:16:33

The Central tall grasslands are a prairie ecoregion of the Midwestern United States, a portion of the North American Great Plains. It covers a large region of southern Minnesota, most of Iowa, and a small portion of eastern South Dakota and a narrow strip going through eastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas. The rainfall here is 1,000 millimeters per year, which is higher than most of the Great Plains. The Northern tall grasslands are located to the north and have fewer and different...

Central forest-grasslands transition
2013-04-19 18:13:27

The Central forest-grasslands transition are a prairie ecoregion of the central United States, a portion of the North American Great Plains. This is a great area that covers 157,000 square miles from central Illinois through the majority of Missouri, eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and into Texas. This region was conventionally a mixture of woodland and tall grass prairie, which as the soil is made up of highly fertile mollisols; most of the region has been transformed to farmland. The rainfall...

Central and Southern mixed grasslands
2013-04-19 16:42:25

The Central and Southern mixed grasslands are a prairie ecoregion of the central United States, a portion of the North American Great Plains. This is a vast grassland area with few trees running north to south from central Nebraska through central Kansas and western Oklahoma to north central Texas, covering about 282,000 square kilometers. This is a transition zone between the Central tall grasslands and Central forest-grasslands transition ecoregions towards the east and the Western short...

Montana Valey And Foothill Grasslands
2013-04-19 14:34:54

The Montana Valley and Foothill grasslands are an ecoregion of northwestern North America within the northern United States and Canada. This area is made up of rolling grassy hills and river valleys of the Rocky Mountains foothills within the US state of Montana and the Canadian province of Alberta. The area largely consists of the Rocky Mountain Front, where the Great Plains rise to meet with the Rockies, and is therefore close to the Continental Divide. The foothills are drained by the...

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edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
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