Study finds kelp is key to California’s coastal ecosystems

A lush canopy is a defining characteristic of most forests on the planet. But canopy-forming species can be particularly vulnerable to disturbance and environmental change – even forests that lie under the sea. But what is a forest without its trees? Researchers from the University of Virginia and the University of California, Santa Barbara are […]

Analyze the impact of agricultural activity on ecosystems

How a multi-stakeholder project, MOCUPP, is moving Costa Rica towards sustainable practices to protect the country’s biodiversity Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places in the world, containing nearly 6 percent of global biodiversity. As a result, its ecosystem provides a range of services, including wood and timber, plants and fruits, among many […]

Pest plants and animals cost Australia around $25bn a year – and it’s going to get worse

Unfortunately, Australia has one of the highest extinction rates in the world. And the number one threat to our species is invasive or “alien” plants and animals. But invasive species not only cause extinctions and loss of biodiversity, they also create a heavy economic burden. Our to research, published today, reveals that invasive species have […]

The fires ravaged not only plants and animals, but the soil beneath them

Over 80 percent of the Great Blue Mountains World Heritage area, including much of the watershed around the Warragamba Dam.Credit:James brickwood A separate study showed that the Warrambungle fire in 2013 resulted in annual soil losses of about 25 tonnes per hectare, which matches the government’s projected national park losses of 19.4 tonnes per hectare […]

Researcher focuses on restoring disturbed ecosystems

Bob Shriver, assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, focuses his teaching and research on understanding and predicting how local plant population demographics, such as survival and growth, respond to climate, disturbance and human management. As part of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources, Shriver’s work centers on restoration […]

Goldfish Thrown Into Lakes Reaching Over 1 Foot, Threatening Ecosystems | Invasive species

Minnesota authorities have called on aquarium owners to stop releasing pet fish into waterways, after several huge goldfish were pulled from a local lake. Officials in Burnsville, about 15 miles south of Minneapolis, said released goldfish can grow several times their normal size and wreak havoc on native species. “Please don’t release your goldfish into […]

How to Avoid Harming New Zealand’s Various Native Plants and Animals

Credit: Snappy Goat/Flickr New Zealand’s native biodiversity is unique and complex, and it is in decline and under threat. Individuals and businesses are often unsure of what they should or should not do to help maintain it. A new paper in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology sets out comprehensive and concise criteria to provide […]

Silk Road also brought plants and animals

The Ancient Silk Road was an important route for transporting Chinese silk, tea, and porcelain to other countries around 2,000 years ago. An abundance of animals and plants were also introduced from the West, enriching the lives of the Chinese people in ancient times. Foreign envoys brought their local animals and plants as gifts to […]

Leading Scientists Support Need To Consider Biomechanics – ScienceDaily

A team of scientists have developed a more accurate way to predict the effects of climate change on plants and animals, and whether some will survive. Frequently, environmentalists assess an organism’s fitness for climate by quantifying its functional traits. “These are physical properties that you can measure – the height, the diameter, the thickness of […]

Better predict how plants and animals

image: Trees and other organisms facing air or water flow will experience forces that could bend, break, or dislodge them. By understanding the variables that help resist these forces, as well as air or water speeds, scientists can use an ecomechanical model to make predictions about survival. see Following Credit: (Tim Higham / UCR) A […]

Better predict how plants and animals will withstand climatic extremes

A team of scientists have developed a more accurate way to predict the effects of climate change on plants and animals, and whether some will survive. Frequently, environmentalists assess an organism’s fitness for climate by quantifying its functional traits. Trees and other organisms facing the flow of air or water will experience forces that could […]

American Eel – News & Stories

American eels can reach five feet in length during the fourth stage, which lasts up to 40 years. In this phase, they are nocturnal bottom predators that rely on their keen sense of smell. “American eels are opportunistic hunters,” explained Reuben Goforth, lecturer in aquatic ecosystems. “Their flexibility gives them plenty of options when looking […]

We can still save the planet’s fragile ecosystems

It’s “our last chance to avert climate catastrophe, reverse the deadly tide of pollution, and halt species loss.” The planet’s ecosystems, from forests to grasslands to coral reefs, are in a precarious state. If we continue to cut down trees, turn grasslands into farmland and decimate coral reefs, many ecosystems will soon reach a point […]

New research shows Neanderthals in Siberia ate both plants and animals

Domingo Carlos Salazar and partner. Credit: RUVID Association Neanderthals, extinct cousins ​​of modern humans, occupied Western Eurasia before becoming extinct and although they were once thought to travel as far east as Uzbekistan, in recent years a team international research with the participation of the University of Valencia found that they reach two thousand kilometers. […]

Mending the broken relationship with nature: tackling the nexus between biodiversity, ecosystems, health and climate change after COVID-19 – World

Summary This policy brief highlights how human health is directly linked to the state of biodiversity and climate change in the Asia-Pacific region. Improving human health and mitigating future health disasters requires addressing these causal factors simultaneously in an integrated manner. The SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) coronavirus is a zoonotic disease, transmitted from animals to humans. Zoonotic […]

Pest plants and animals leave a chilling $1.7 trillion bill

These species can threaten the health of plants and animals, including humans. And they cause enormous economic damage. They are one of the most harmful environmental forces on earth. They have colonized just about every place humans have set foot on the planet. Yet you may not even know they exist. We are talking about […]

How plants and animals steal genes from other species to speed up evolution

Grassland in Uganda. Credit: Luke Dunning, author provided little did biologist Gregor Mendel know that his experiments with sweet peas in the garden of a monastery in Brno, Czech Republic, will lay the foundation for our understanding of modern genetics and heredity. His work in the 19th century helped scientists establish that parents transmit their […]

David Suzuki: Are we being too hard on newly arrived plants and animals?

Thanks to warming climates and habitat destruction, ‘invasive species’ narratives have begun to shift JMrocek/iStock/Getty Images Plus Feral pigs are considered an invasive species in Ontario. As human activity continues to heat the planet and destroy wildlife habitat, plants and animals are responding based on their genetic makeup and ability to adapt to changed environments. […]

Climate change could cause ‘irreversible impacts’ on lake ecosystems

By Ayesha Tandon New research shows that lake “stratification periods” – a seasonal separation of water into layers – will last longer in a warmer climate. These longer stratification periods could have “far-reaching implications” for lake ecosystems, according to the article, and can lead to toxic algal blooms, fish kills and increased methane emissions. The […]

Pest plants and animals leave a $1.7 trillion bill

Credit: Shutterstock They are one of the most harmful environmental forces on earth. They have colonized just about every place humans have set foot on the planet. Yet you may not even know they exist. We are talking about exotic species. Not little green aliens, but invasive plants and animals not native to an ecosystem […]

Only 3% of the world’s ecosystems remain intact, study finds | Wildlife

According to a study, only 3% of the world’s land remains ecologically intact with healthy populations of all its native animals and undisturbed habitat. These fragments of wilderness undamaged by human activities are mainly found in parts of the rainforests of the Amazon and Congo, the forests and tundra of eastern Siberia and northern Canada […]

As the planet warms, tropical plants and animals are moving north

As the Earth’s climate changes, a significant number of plant and animal species are moving to new places, which is equivalent to what researchers in 2017 called “a universal redistribution of life on Earth.” A new review article in the journal Biology of global change looks at the northward march of a variety of tropical […]

“Wind, Sun, Plants and Animals”: ​​The Spiritual Life of Richard Riseling

By Lauren Yanks ’19 M.Div. Born in 1940 in a rural town in Illinois, Richard Riseling spent much of his youth gardening, playing sports and making music. “My parents loved all kinds of music,” the Yale College and YDS alum recalled. “Our house was filled with instruments. My five siblings and I all learned to […]

Eastern Prickly Pear – News & Stories

“The calls I get about prickly pears usually come during drought years from the northwest part of Indiana,” Johnson said. “They have sandy soil near Lake Michigan. We also get questions from the sandy areas of southern Indiana. “Horse pastures tend to be under-managed, so I sometimes hear of someone who has moved their animals […]

To save endangered plants and animals, restore habitat on farms, ranches and other working lands

The research summary is a brief overview of interesting scholarly work. The big idea According to a recently published study conducted by a team of environmental scientists including us. Our analysis revealed that this can be done in a way that minimize trade-offs and might even make farms more productive helping to control pests, improving […]

Elasticity is the key to the ability of plants and animals to sting – sciencedaily

Kaare Hartvig Jensen and his colleagues at DTU Physics have had repeated experiences where the small glass pipettes they use to extract fluid from plant cells have broken upon contact with the cell wall. This annoyed researchers and sparked their interest in similar sharp objects in nature that do not break when used. This includes […]

The coronavirus pandemic linked to the destruction of the world’s wildlife and ecosystems

By Charlie Shield After the novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China in late December 2019, it didn’t take long for conspiracy theorists to claim it was made in a nearby lab. The scientific consensus, on the other hand, is that the virus – SARS-CoV-2 – is a zoonotic disease that jumped from animals to humans. […]

Runaway global warming could collapse entire ecosystems, perhaps within 10 years

Global warming is about to tear big holes in Earth’s delicate web of life, pushing temperatures beyond the tolerance of thousands of animals at once. As some key species disappear, entire ecosystems like coral reefs and forests will collapse, and some will collapse abruptly, starting this decade, a new study in the journal Nature warns. […]

When it comes to climate, plants and animals are not so different | Beta site for NSF

Despite fundamental differences in their biology, plants and animals are strikingly similar in how they have evolved in response to climate, according to a new study. national science foundation-funded study published this week in Nature ecology and evolution. “When it’s sunny and warm where the animals are at any given time, most can just move […]

When it comes to climate, plants and animals are not so different | NSF

Research News When it comes to climate, plants and animals are not that different Plants, animals remarkably similar in their responses to changing environmental conditions Tropical plants, animal species, like this leaf frog, live in a narrower range than temperate species March 26, 2020 Despite fundamental differences in their biology, plants and animals are strikingly […]

Plants and animals are not so different when it comes to climate

By Daniel Stolte, University Communications March 24, 2020 A Mexican leaf frog, photographed near Alamos, Mexico. Plant and animal species from the tropics, like this frog, have been found to occur in a narrower temperature range than temperate species, which may make tropical species much more vulnerable to climate change. (Photo: John J. Wiens) Despite […]

Oil-coated water droplets are mini-ecosystems for microbes

Oil-coated water droplets are mini-ecosystems for microbes by Timothy Oleson Tuesday December 9th, 2014 Oil rising from underground is solidifying into asphalt over much of Pitch Lake on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. In places, it also reaches the surface in liquid form. Credit: Rainer Meckenstock. Dark, muddy oil may not seem like a suitable […]