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Beetles and their biodiversity in dead wood

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Ant mounds are more important for biodiversity than previously thought

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Abundance of urban honeybees adversely impacts wild bee populations

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Woodpecker guides post-fire forest management

What's good for the Black-backed Woodpecker is good for restoration of burned California forests. The birds' unique relationship with fire underpins the latest research...

Newly sequenced hornet genomes could help explain invasion success

The genomes of two hornet species, the European hornet and the Asian hornet (or yellow-legged hornet) have been sequenced.

Professor unearths the ancient fossil plant history of Burnaby Mountain

New research led by a paleobotanist provides clues about what plants existed in the Burnaby Mountain area (British Columbia, Canada) 40 million years ago...

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