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Latest Herbivore Stories

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2015-05-18 00:00:00

Bad news for struggling herbivore populations facing extinction: the financial incentive for poachers to collect and sell animal parts is increasing, with rhinoceros horns topping gold and diamonds in terms of value-by-weight, according to a new study.

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2015-05-02 14:22:42

With the continued loss of the world's largest herbivores, we are heading relentlessly towards what some scientists describe as an “empty landscape.”

Leaf-mining Insects Completely Disappeared With The Dinosaurs
2014-07-28 03:16:19

After the asteroid impact at the end of the Cretaceous period that triggered the dinosaurs' extinction and ushered in the Paleocene, leaf-mining insects in the western United States completely disappeared.

packrat
2014-07-22 03:30:57

Woodrats lost their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after antibiotics killed their gut microbes. Woodrats that never ate the plants were able to do so after receiving fecal transplants with microbes from creosote-eaters, University of Utah biologists found.

Crabs Found Guilty In Salt Marsh Die-Off
2014-04-29 04:55:39

Some coastal salt marshes along the East Coast of the United States have been dying off over the past two decades and two new research papers point to overgrazing on marsh grasses by the Sesarma crab as a primary driver of the decline.

Eocasea martini
2014-04-17 08:58:57

The fossil of a newly-discovered species called Eocasea martini is being described as a sort of missing link in the transition from carnivorous to herbivorous behavior in land animals.

Attracting Or Repelling Insects Using Different Scents
2014-04-01 15:48:26

Flowering plants attract pollinating insects with scent from their flowers and bright colors. If they have become infested with herbivores like caterpillars, they attract beneficial insects like parasitic wasps with the help of scent signals from their leaves.

Microcosm Of Biodiversity In New Plant Species
2014-02-10 10:21:53

Biologists working in the Andes mountains of Ecuador have described a new plant species, a wild relative of black pepper, that is in itself a mini biodiversity hotspot.

Extracting Plant DNA From Grasshopper Guts Improves Understanding Of Plant-insect Interactions
2014-02-06 14:12:58

Grasshoppers may be small, but the damages they are causing to the US agriculture industry are anything but.

Acacia Plants Protected Against Pathogens By Ants
2014-01-16 10:19:05

The biological term “symbiosis” refers to what economists and politicians usually call a win-win situation: a relationship between two partners which is beneficial to both.


Word of the Day
overword
  • To say in too many words; to express verbosely.
  • To express in too many words: sometimes used reflexively.
  • The leading idea or a repeated phrase, as of a song or ballad; the refrain; burden.
The word 'overword' comes from over- +‎ word.