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Shrubs Invade Remnant Hill Prairies
2014-03-11 16:18:39

University of Illinois Perched high on the bluffs of the big river valleys in the Midwest are some of the last remnants of never-farmed prairie grasslands. These patches, edged by forest, are slowly being taken over by shrubs. A recent University of Illinois study examined the soil microbes on nine patches, also called "balds," that had varying degrees of shrub invasion and found an interesting shift in the composition of the microbial community. "When we looked at the soil samples...

Butterfly Populations Might Be Saved By Land Management
2013-11-18 17:33:04

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Butterfly populations across the world are in the decline, and researchers say that land management could be the key to counteracting the pattern. Researchers from Sweden and Germany writing in the journal Nature Conservation reviewed effects of land management on butterfly diversity using historical and current surveys over the past 100 years. The study focused on systematic surveys of butterfly population trends and extinction...

2013-10-15 23:01:31

Published evidence by SDSM&T and the New York State Museum suggests modern grasses eaten by large mammals of what is now the Mojave Desert are actually 15 million years old. Rapid City, S.D. (PRWEB) October 15, 2013 A South Dakota School of Mines & Technology professor’s research published today provides evidence that modern grasses are actually 15 million years old. The article published in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeocology by Robert Feranec of the New York...

2013-08-30 20:21:25

HALSEY, Ore., Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- DLF is pleased to announce the release of the novel endophyte enhanced forage tall fescue Martin2(Protek)((TM)). (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130830/MN72343) Martin2(Protek)((TM)) is a new novel endophyte tall fescue, combining the proven genetics of Martin2 forage tall fescue with the enhancement of the Protek(TM) endophyte. Martin2 is an early-medium forage tall fescue selected for the transition zone. Its...

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

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) reveals that between 1990 and 2011, grassland butterfly populations have declined dramatically, caused by intensifying agriculture and a failure to manage grassland ecosystems. According to the report, the drop in grassland butterfly numbers is particularly worrisome. These butterfly species are considered representative indicators of trends observed for a host of other land...

Four New Studies Show Early Humans Had A Diet Rich In Grass
2013-06-04 11:43:40

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Four new studies have taken a new look at the diets of our ancestors and have found their behavior was a “game changer” for early humans some 3.5 million years ago. An ape-like diet that included grasses and sedges paved the way for a diet rich in grains, meats and dairy from grazing animals. In the first of the four studies, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder conducted high-tech tests on tooth enamel...

2013-05-22 16:26:18

WINNIPEG, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - On July 1, 2013, new roughage tolerances for exports of Canadian triticale take effect in eastern Canada. On August 1, 2013, new roughage tolerances for exports of Canadian rye and triticale take effect in western Canada. Currently, commercial cleanliness requirements in Rye, Canada Western (CW) and Triticale, Canada (CAN) do not include tolerances for roughage. At their April meetings, the Eastern and Western standards committees recommended the...

2013-05-22 12:31:52

SOUTHPORT, England, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- All over the UK fire services and groundskeepers are facing a growing problem in the form of grass fires. The team at Turfland [http://www.turfland.co.uk ] is keen to offer support for those who need to replace areas of grassland damaged by fires. Deliberate grass fires are a major issue at the moment in various parts of the UK. This report from the Clydebank Post...

2013-04-25 19:48:11

A collaboration of plant and soil scientists from across the UK has shown a grass hybrid species could help reduce the impact of flooding. The BBSRC-funded scientists, from Rothamsted Research, the James Hutton Institute, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University, Lancaster University and the University of Nottingham, used a hybridized species of grass called perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) with a closely related species called meadow...

2013-03-18 10:48:04

Around half of Cambodia's tropical flooded grasslands have been lost in just 10 years according to new research from the University of East Anglia. The seasonally flooded grasslands around the Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia´s largest freshwater lake, are of great importance for biodiversity and a refuge for 11 globally-threatened bird species. They are also a vital fishing, grazing, and traditional rice farming resource for around 1.1 million people. Research published today in the...


Latest Poaceae Reference Libraries

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...

Greater Cane Rat, Thryonomys swinderianus
2012-05-16 12:22:36

The greater cane rat (Thryonomys swinderianus) is one of two species of cane rats found in Africa. They prefer to reside in reed beds or riverbanks south of the Saharan Desert. They have adapted well to urbanization and will also live on plantations. The nocturnal greater cane rat lives in small groups that are led by one alpha male and will make their burrows underground or in grasses. The diet of this cane rat consists of cane plants and grasses. When frightened, the greater cane rat will...

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