Carbon-based approaches for saving rainforests should include biodiversity studies

Conservationists working to safeguard tropical forests often assume that old growth forests containing great stores of carbon also hold high biodiversity, but a new...

‘Gloom’ and doom when these insects are on hot, dry red maple trees

They are known as gloomy scales, and these insects can make a red maple tree’s life downright dreary. This is because the arthropods feed...

Researchers discovered fungus gnat Paradise in Peruvian Amazonia

Researchers have discovered and identified 16 new fungus gnat species in the Amazonia. The diverse gnat species maintain exceptionally rich parasitoid wasp species, which...

FRED database gathers root traits to advance understanding of belowground plant ecology

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists have released a new global, centralized database of plant root traits, or identifying characteristics, that can advance our...

Cross-species jumps may play unexpectedly big role in virus evolution

On occasion, a virus may jump from one host species to another and adapt to the new host. Such cross-species transmission happens more often...

Surprise: Transport proteins evolved long before their compounds emerged

As in an arms race plants constantly develop new toxic compounds to protect themselves against herbivores and diseases -- and as in war, mobility...

Leaf-cutting ants learn to identify unsuitable plants from cues within the colony

Leaf-cutting ants can learn which plants are not suitable for the fungus gardens that supply their food before they even leave the colony, according...

The protective layer of prehistoric land plants

An international research team has discovered a biochemical pathway that is responsible for the development of moss cuticles. These waxy coverings of epidermal cells...

Paleontologists find fossil relative of Ginkgo biloba

A discovery of well-preserved fossil plants by paleontologists from the United States, China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia has allowed researchers to identify a distant...

Scientist details the indirect effects of an invasive species in guam

An Iowa State University scientist outlined in recently published research how an invasive species of snake is affecting the regeneration of trees on the...

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