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The vast reservoir of carbon stored beneath our feet is entering Earth's atmosphere at an increasing rate, according to a new study. Blame microbes:...

Recruiting ants to fight weeds on the farm

Harvester ants that eat weed seeds on the soil's surface can help farmers manage weeds on their farms, according to an international team of...

Multi-layered strategies needed to protect public health from oil and gas drilling impacts

A group of public health experts from several universities and organizations is urging adoption of a multi-layered approach when developing policies to mitigate the...

A new species of spider

During a research stay in the highlands of Colombia conducted as part of her doctorate, a PhD student has discovered and zoologically described a...

Moths: A different weapon against each enemy

It's a dangerous world out there, especially if you are a small insect. Insects have thrived on our planet for hundreds of millions of...

Monk parakeets invade Mexico

A recent, rapid, and ongoing invasion of monk parakeets in Mexico has been described in a new article, including the regulatory changes that affected...

Périgord black truffle cultivated in the UK for the first time

The Mediterranean black truffle, one of the world's most expensive ingredients, has been successfully cultivated in the UK, as climate change threatens its native...

Why it’s no last orders for the Tequila bat

Scientists studying the 'near threatened' tequila bat, best known for its role in pollinating the Blue Agave plant from which the drink of the...

Dodder: A parasite involved in the plant alarm system

Parasitic plants of the genus Cuscuta (dodder) not only deplete nutrients from their host plants, but also function as important 'information brokers' among neighboring...

How wallflowers evolved a complementary pair of plant defenses

A pair of chemicals used by wallflowers and their kin to ward off predators have evolved to complement each other, with one targeting generalist...

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