Conservation and nameless earthworms: Assessors in the dark?

Earthworms help to ensure that ecosystems thrive. However, people find it hard to relate to animals that are known by their scientific names only....

Sunflower genome sequence to provide roadmap for more resilient crops

University of Georgia researchers are part of an international team that has published the first sunflower genome sequence. This new resource will assist future...

Computer code that Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests uncovered

An international team of researchers has uncovered the mechanism that allowed Volkswagen to circumvent US and European emission tests over at least six years...

Reduced US air pollution will boost rainfall in Africa’s Sahel, says study

Falling sulfur dioxide emissions in the United States are expected to substantially increase rainfall in Africa's semi-arid Sahel, while bringing slightly more rain to...

ESF lists top 10 new species for 2017

A spider and an ant with names drawn from popular books, a pink katydid and an omnivorous rat made ESF's list of the Top...

Using seaweed to kill invasive ants

Scientists have developed an inexpensive, biodegradable, seaweed-based ant bait that can help homeowners and farmers control invasive Argentine ant populations.

Herpetologists describe an elf frog from the elfin forests in southern Vietnam

Going under the common name of Elfin mountain toad, a new amphibian is recognized as one of the smallest representative of its group. The...

Impact of invasive plants can linger long after eradication

It is easy to assume that getting rid of invasive plants will allow a local ecosystem to return to its natural state, with native...

Even non-migratory birds use a magnetic compass

Not only migratory birds use a built-in magnetic compass to navigate correctly. A new study shows that non-migratory birds also are able to use...

Solving the mystery of the white oak

Researchers have solved a mystery that has long shrouded our understanding of white oaks: where did they come from?

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