Category: Biodiversity

Saharan dust affects marine bacteria, potential pathogen Vibrio

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Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyIron can be hard to hard to come by in open marine waters — except each summer, when atmospherically transported dust from north Africa’s Sahara Desert provides pulses of biologically important nutrients, including iron, to the tropical marine waters of the Caribbean and southeastern US. Researchers found […]

Pizzly or grolar bear: grizzly-polar hybrid is a new result of climate change

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianGrizzly bears in Alaska and Canada are moving north as their environment warms, bringing them into contact with polar bears located on the coastline. Topic: Biodiversity

Deep-water seaweed evolved into a multi-cellular plant more than 540 million years ago

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Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyThe discovery of a deep-water seaweed that evolved into a multi-cellular plant more than 540 million years ago has added a new branch to the tree of life, according to biologists. Topic: Biodiversity

Northern Galapagos Islands home to world’s largest shark biomass

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Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyScientists have revealed that the northern Galapagos Islands of Darwin and Wolf are home to the largest shark biomass reported to date (12.4 tons per hectare). Topic: Oceans

Island holds red squirrel leprosy study

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Originally Published by BBC News – Science & EnvironmentA study to find out how a form of leprosy is affecting the UK’s threatened red squirrels is to be carried out on Dorset’s Brownsea Island. Topic: Biodiversity

Seeking to rewind mammalian extinction: The effort to save the northern white rhino

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Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyIn December 2015 an international group of scientists convened to discuss the imminent extinction of the northern white rhinoceros and the possibility of bringing the species back from brink of extinction. Topic: Biodiversity

Australia commits $15m in bid to eradicate carp using herpes virus

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianCoalition government announces budget funds for national plan to control Australia’s worst freshwater feral pest   Topic: Biodiversity, Ecosystems

Microbial biosensor designed to evaluate water toxicity

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Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyA paper-based biosensor covered with bacteria has been designed to detect water toxicity. This is an innovative and inexpensive biological tool which can be easy to use in economically restricted areas or developing countries. Topic: Water

Are super smart octopuses conscious?

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Originally Published by EarthSky Inky the wild octopus has escaped from the New Zealand National Aquarium. Apparently, he made it out of a small opening in his tank, and suction cup prints indicate he found his way to a drain pipe that emptied to the ocean. Nice job Inky. Your courage gives us the chance […]

Bat-sound library tracks biodiversity

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Originally Published by BBC News – Science & EnvironmentScientists have put together the biggest known library of bat sounds in an effort to identify and conserve rare species in Mexico. Topic: Biodiversity