Category: Biodiversity

Study documents drought’s impact on redwood forest ferns

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyThe native ferns that form a lush green understory in coastal redwood forests are well adapted to dry summers and periodic droughts, but California’s current prolonged drought has taken a toll on them. A comprehensive study of water relations in native ferns, conducted during one of the […]

Genome of the flowering plant that returned to the sea

Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth ScienceAn international consortium led by University of Groningen Professor of Marine Biology Jeanine Olsen published the genome of the seagrass Zostera marina in the scientific journal Nature on Jan. 27. This genome is an exceptional resource that supports a wide range of research themes, from the adaptation of marine […]

Deadly amphibian fungus may decline, study finds

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyA new study offers a glimmer of hope for some amphibian populations decimated by the deadly chytrid fungus: climate change may make environmental conditions for the fungus unsuitable in some regions and potentially stave off the spread of disease in African amphibian populations struggling to adapt to […]

Guinea pigs beat climate change by tweaking their own DNA

Originally Published by New Scientist – EarthFor the first time, mammals have been seen making epigenetic changes to adapt to higher temperatures, and passing improvements on to offspring Topic: Biodiversity

Lifeform of the week: Mistletoe


Originally Published by EarthSky The quaint holiday decoration you invited into your home and hung over your doorways is a vicious parasite that leeches nutrients from innocent host trees. It is riddled with cytotoxins, and its seeds are dispersed via bird crap. Merry Christmas. Topic: Biodiversity

Europe’s oldest lake faces destruction to make way for tourists

Lake Ohrid
Originally Published by New Scientist – EarthLake Ohrid in Macedonia is one of the world’s most biodiverse lakes, but its unique ecosystems may soon be cemented over to make way for development Topic: Biodiversity

Migratory birds ‘lack world protection’


Originally Published by BBC News – Science & Environment More than 90% of migratory birds are poorly protected on their marathon journeys around the world, according to research. Topic: Biodiversity

Smeagol found underground in Brazil: New eyeless and highly modified harvestman species


Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth Science Called after Tolkien’s character from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ series, a new eyeless harvestman species was found to crawl in a humid cave in southeastern Brazil. Never getting out of its subterranean hiding, the new daddy longlegs species is the most highly modified representative among its close […]

Climate Change Threatens an Iconic Desert Tree

Originally Published by National GeographicClose your eyes and imagine a species living in a harsh environment threatened by climate change. Topic: Biodiversity

Neonicotinoids: new warning on pesticide harm to bees

Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianConsensus builds among scientists though review of evidence also finds there is not enough data on whether pesticide causes population decline There is a strong scientific consensus that bees are exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides in fields and suffer harm from the doses received, according to a new analysis of […]