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Using wide-ranging eDNA analysis combined with traditional collection survey methods, researchers have identified the breeding site of critically endangered fish species Acheilognathus typus in...

Lost in translation: Traffic noise disrupts communication between species

Human-made noise can hinder the response of animals to the warning signals given by other species, putting them at greater risk of death from...

Six new sponge species and new symbiotic associations from the Indonesian coral triangle

The Indonesian coral reefs, located in the so-called coral triangle, are considered amongst the richest and most biodiverse places on Earth. Surprisingly, this impressive...

Bee decline threatens US crop production

The first-ever study to map US wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country's most important farmlands.

Think the tick threat grows with the grass? Not necessarily!

Scientists report on their quest to get to the bottom of a common assumption about the urban landscape: ticks like long grass. In 144...

Could rising CO2 trigger return of eradicated mosquito-related disease?

A new study shows for the first time the impact that climate change is having on the rate in which mosquitoes diversify, and what...

New alien species invasions still rising globally

Up to 16 percent of all species on Earth could qualify as potential alien species and if they invade new regions, impacts will be...

A century later, plant biodiversity struggles in wake of agricultural abandonment

Decades after farmland was abandoned, plant biodiversity and productivity struggle to recover, according to new research.

Bumble bees prefer a low-fat diet

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Victorian hog deer genetics revealed

Australian researchers looking for a genetic lifeline to endangered hog deer species endemic to Pakistan, northern India and mainland southeast Asia have found widespread...

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