Molting feathers may help birds deal with environmental contaminants

Mercury is a ubiquitous environmental contaminant that affects the health of birds and other wild animals.

Grasslands restoration is working in the soil, too

A new study finds that tallgrass prairie restoration at a large Illinois preserve is working at a foundational level -- in the soil. Bacteria...

Better method for identifying aquatic species using environmental DNA

Researchers have improved their method of tracking species by using the biological material those organisms leave behind known as environmental DNA (eDNA).

How mushrooms might save the honey bee

In the fight against one of the honey bee’s nemesis, the varroa mite, scientists have found an ally in a widely-distributed mushroom. Pity the honey...

Getting to the roots of Sahara mustard invasion in the American Southwest

Old World Sahara mustard is spreading rapidly through southwestern US deserts, smothering the native wildflowers that draw tourists to the region and disrupting the...

New analysis of rare Argentinian rat unlocks origin of the largest mammalian genome

New biological information gleaned from the red vizcacha rat, a native species of Argentina, demonstrates how genomes can rapidly change in size. Researchers set...

Marine vessels are unsuspecting hosts of invasive species

Ships play an unknowing but dominant role in introducing and dispersing tough-shelled non-indigenous organisms into new environments, suggest researchers.

Monarch butterfly parasitoids brough to light by citizen science

Scientists now know more than ever about the flies that attack monarch butterfly caterpillars, thanks to citizen science. Since 1999, volunteers participating in the...

Skin microbe diversity can vary with forest type and habitat in Brazilian frogs

The diversity of microbes on the skin of frog species in Brazil's Atlantic Forest can vary with habitat, according to a new study.

Saving the paintbrush lily from extinction

Since the 1990s, the Duthie Reserve in Stellenbosch, South Africa, is home to the only remaining viable population of Haemanthus pumilio in the world....

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