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Scientists go out on a limb to study tree-climbing land snails

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Oldest fossil of a flying squirrel sheds new light on its evolutionary tree

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Mighty American chestnut poised for return to America’s forests

Scores of American chestnut seedlings growing in upstate New York are the vanguard in the restoration of what was once the most dominant tree...

Explosion in species diversity due to hybridization

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Nitrogen-fixing trees ‘eat’ rocks, play pivotal role in forest health

By tapping nutrients from bedrock, red alder trees play a key role in healthy forest ecosystems.

With flower preferences, bees have a big gap between the sexes

For scores of wild bee species, females and males visit very different flowers for food -- a discovery that could be important for conservation...

Portable DNA device can detect tree pests in under two hours

A new rapid DNA detection method can identify forest pests and pathogens like Asian gypsy moths and white pine blister rust in less than...

Broading the biodiversity catalogue of spider populations in the Iberian Peninsula

The biodiversity catalogue of the Iberian Peninsula spiders is now adding the discovery of a dozen new species -- from seven different families --...

‘Black swan’ events strike animal populations

A new analysis is the first to document that "black swan" events also occur in animal populations and usually manifest as massive, unexpected die-offs.

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