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Laissez-faire is not good enough for reforestation

If degraded and logged areas of tropical forests are left to nature, the populations of certain endangered tree species are not able to recover....

Alien species on the rise worldwide

Although it was known that the number of alien species increased during the last decades, it remained unclear whether or not the accumulation of...

Spread of lionfish in Gulf of Mexico is threat to reef fisheries

As the old saying goes: "You can't put the genie back in the bottle." Nowhere is this more evident than with the spread of...

Important to maintain a diversity of habitats in the sea

Both species diversity and habitat diversity are critical to understand the functioning of ecosystems, scientists have concluded in a new report.

How evolution alters biological invasions

Biological invasions pose major threats to biodiversity, but little is known about how evolution might alter their impacts over time. Now, Rutgers University scientists...

Explosion in species diversity due to hybridization

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Brazilian peppertree packs power to knock out antibiotic-resistant bacteria

The red berries of the Brazilian peppertree -- a weedy, invasive species common in Florida -- contain an extract with the power to disarm...

Reforestation in urban landscapes

By conducting research at Tifft Nature Preserve, a post-industrial urban site in Buffalo, New York, researchers investigate the reforestation taking place in terms of...

Data on blue whales off California helps protect their distant relatives

A research team has found a way to translate their knowledge of blue whales off California and in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean to...

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