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Agroforests Are Better For Birds Than Farms
2012-08-07 12:52:39

Study indicates growing coffee and cacao in shade helps birds Compared with open farmland, wooded "shade" plantations that produce coffee and chocolate promote greater bird diversity, although a new University of Utah study says forests remain the best habitat for tropical birds. The findings suggest that as open farmland replaces forests and "agroforests" — where crops are grown under trees — reduced number of bird species and shifts in the populations of various types of...

Rodents Do Their Part To Help Save Tropical Trees
2012-07-17 06:07:04

[ Watch the Video ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online There's no honor among thieves when it comes to rodent robbers – which turns out to be a good thing for tropical trees that depend on animals to spread their seeds, according to recent research. Big seeds produced by many tropical trees were probably once ingested and then defecated whole by huge mammals called gomphotheres that dispersed the seeds over large distances. But gomphotheres were...

2011-09-29 22:49:10

Weeds, which are widely deemed as a nuisance plant, are vital to the existence of many farmland species according to a new University of Hull study published in the journal Biological Conservation Weeds, which are widely deemed as a nuisance plant, are vital to the existence of many farmland species according to a new University of Hull study published in the journal Biological Conservation today. Since many weeds produce flowers and seed, they are an integral part of our ecosystem and...

2009-08-27 12:00:00

After two years of research over five degraded landscapes in the National Park of Sierra Nevada (Granada), scientists have established for the first time that field mice base their diet on holm oak and pine seeds, causing a deterioration of the habitats and an extension of scrubland in the forests.The trees in the forests such as the holm oaks, rowans and pines have unexpected predators which are impeding their expansion over the mountains. In 98.5% of cases it is field mice and other rodents...

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2008-08-10 15:50:00

In the last 60 years, brown tree snakes have become the embodiment of the bad things that can happen when invasive species are introduced in places where they have few predators. Unchecked for many years, the snakes caused the extinction of nearly every native bird species on the Pacific island of Guam. A variety of other damage has been directly attributed to brown tree snakes, including large population losses among other native animal species in Guam's forests, attacks on children and...


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virgule
  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
  • A little rod; a twig.
This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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