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  • 'Antelope perfume' keeps flies away from cows
    on October 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    In Africa, tsetse flies transfer the sleeping sickness also to cattle. The damage is estimated to be about 4.6 billion US dollars each year. Experts have developed an innovative way of preventing the disease. Tsetse flies avoid waterbucks, a widespread antelope species in Africa. The scientists imitated the smell of these antelopes. […]

  • Logged tropical rainforests still support biodiversity even when the heat is on
    on October 20, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Tropical rainforests continue to buffer wildlife from extreme temperatures even after logging, a new study has revealed. […]

  • Life goes on for marine ecosystems after cataclysmic mass extinction
    on October 20, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    One of the largest global mass extinctions did not fundamentally change marine ecosystems, scientists have found. […]

  • Ancient DNA offers new view on saber-toothed cats' past
    on October 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Researchers who've analyzed the complete mitochondrial genomes from ancient samples representing two species of saber-toothed cats have a new take on the animals' history over the last 50,000 years. The data suggest that the saber-toothed cats shared a common ancestor with all living cat-like species about 20 million years ago. The two saber-toothed cat species under study diverged from each other about 18 million years ago. […]

  • More than 75 percent decrease in total flying insect biomass over 27 years across Germany
    on October 19, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    The total flying insect biomass decreased by more than 75 percent over 27 years in protected areas in Germany, according to a new study. […]

  • Rare tree species safeguard biodiversity in a changing climate
    on October 18, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Rare species of trees in rainforests may help safeguard biodiversity levels as the environment undergoes change, research shows. […]

  • Amazonian hunters deplete wildlife but don't empty forests
    on October 17, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Conservationists can be 'cautiously optimistic' about the prospect of sustainable subsistence hunting by Amazonian communities, according to new research. The research team spent over a year working with 60 Amazonian communities and hiked for miles through trackless forests to deploy nearly 400 motion-activated camera traps -- in a bid to understand which species are depleted by hunting and where. […]

  • Tropical beetles face extinction threat
    on October 17, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Climate change is putting many tropical high altitude beetles at risk of extinction, warn an international team of scientists. […]

  • When lemons give you life: Herpetofauna adaptation to citrus orchards in Belize
    on October 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Reptile and amphibian communities exhibit a promising level of resilience to agricultural lands. In a new study, herpetologists compared forested areas to manicured citrus orchards and reclaimed orchard forests in Belize. Further intriguing discoveries were made when the Category 1 Hurricane Earl hit the study site. […]

  • Fanged kangaroo research could shed light on extinction
    on October 16, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Fanged kangaroos -- an extinct family of small fanged Australian kangaroos -- might have survived at least five million years longer than previously thought. A new study has found the species might have competed for resources with ancestors of modern kangaroos. […]

  • How to save giant tropical fruit bats: Work with local hunters who use bat teeth as money
    on October 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Flying foxes -- giant fruit bats that look like winged German shepherd puppies -- are in trouble. But scientists suggest a new way to help protect the bats on the Solomon Islands: working with local hunters who use the bats' teeth as currency. The traditional practice, it turns out, is a positive thing for bat conservation. […]

  • Giant sea bass worth more alive as undersea wonders than as commercial catch
    on October 14, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    An investigation of the different economic values of giant sea bass finds they are worth more alive as undersea wonders than as commercial catch. […]

  • Scientists begin bold conservation effort to save the vaquita porpoise from extinction
    on October 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    An international team of experts has gathered in San Felipe, Mexico at the request of the Mexican government (SEMARNAT) and has begun a bold, compassionate plan known as VaquitaCPR to save the endangered vaquita porpoise from extinction. […]

  • Bycatch responsible for decline of endangered New Zealand sea lion
    on October 11, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Getting caught in fishing nets is a major cause of death for the increasingly endangered New Zealand sea lion, according to new research. […]

  • Star tortoise makes meteoric comeback
    on October 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    The Burmese star tortoise (Geochelone platynota), a medium-sized tortoise found only in Myanmar's central dry zone, has been brought back from the brink of extinction thanks to an aggressive captive-breeding effort spearheaded by a team of conservationists and government partners. […]

  • Removing invasive plants can increase biodiversity in stream waters
    on October 11, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Restoration projects to remove invasive plants can make a positive impact on native plant species. But a new study shows restoration has an additional benefit. Removal of invasive species growing alongside a stream or river can also improve the biodiversity of aquatic organisms. […]

  • Mass extinctions led to low species diversity, dinosaur rule
    on October 10, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Two of Earth's five mass extinction events -- times when more than half of the world's species died -- resulted in the survival of a low number of so-called 'weedy' species that spread their sameness across the world as the Earth recovered from these dramatic upheavals. The findings could shed light on modern high extinction rates and how biological communities may change in the future. […]

  • Scientists complete conservation puzzle, shaping understanding of life on Earth
    on October 9, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    An international team of scientists has completed the 'atlas of life' -- the first global review and map of every vertebrate on Earth. The 39 scientists have produced a catalogue and atlas of the world's reptiles. By linking this atlas with existing maps for birds, mammals and amphibians, the team have found many new areas where conservation action is vital. […]

  • Establishing a conservation breeding program to save the last saola
    on October 9, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    The saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), a primitive wild cattle endemic to the Annamite mountain range in Vietnam and Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), is in immediate danger of extinction. The primary threat to its survival is intensive commercial snaring to supply the thriving wild meat trade in Indochina. In order to save the saola it is essential to establish a conservation breeding program. […]

  • Indigenous Nations' environmental stewardship in tackling invasive species
    on October 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    As invasive species are threatening ecological habitats throughout the US and Canada, the role of Indigenous nations as environmental stewards has often been overlooked, according to a new study. The findings provide examples of the many ways Indigenous nations are adapting to invasive species, documenting their impact and implementing active response strategies based on an online survey of over 140 Indigenous respondents. […]

  • Deer prefer native plants leaving lasting damage on forests
    on October 6, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    When rampant white-tailed deer graze in forests, they prefer to eat native plants over certain unpalatable invasive plants, such as garlic mustard and Japanese stiltgrass. These eating habits lower native plant diversity and abundance, while increasing the proportion of plant communities made up of non-native species, according to a new study. […]

  • Meet Madagascar's oldest animal lineage, a whirligig beetle with 206-million-year-old origins
    on October 4, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    A new study suggests the Malagasy striped whirligig beetle Heterogyrus milloti boasts a genetic pedigree stretching back to the late Triassic period. […]

  • Hurricane exposes and washes away thousands of sea turtle nests
    on October 4, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Marine biologists have released estimates of sea turtle nests lost to Hurricane Irma, finding that 56 percent of green turtle nests and 24 percent of loggerhead nests were lost within Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Both are endangered species. The losses put a damper on what had been a record year for green turtle nesting. […]

  • Rampant consumption of hippo teeth
    on October 4, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Investigators have examined the case of hippo teeth and revealed discordance in trade volumes declared between importers and exporters -- a scenario that could threaten the survival of the species. […]

  • Durian industry could suffer without the endangered fruit bat
    on October 3, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Scientists have discovered that Southeast Asia's endangered fruit bats -- commonly known as flying foxes -- play an important part in the pollination of the iconic and economically important durian tree. […]

  • Prioritized list of invasive alien species threatening the UK's environment
    on October 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    More species urgently need to be considered for inclusion on the EU’s ‘List of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern’, stresses a new study. […]

  • How different ant species coexist in the same territory
    on September 28, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    In every animal community, several species in the same group share habitats. An international team has chosen ants to create the largest public-access database on the cohabitation of these insects. The goal is to understand their tricks for coexistence and how they respond to invasive species and climate change. […]

  • Emerging infectious disease threatens Darwin’s frog with extinction
    on September 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Iconic species likely to be wiped-out by amphibian fungus, despite lack of obvious short-term evidence. […]

  • More than a 38 % of the Neotropical parrot population in the American continent is threatened by...
    on September 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    More than a 38% of the Neotropical parrot population of the American continent (Neotropic) is endangered due the impact of human activity, according to a scientific study. […]

  • Songbird populations may indicate trouble in northwestern forests
    on September 27, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Populations of many North American songbirds are declining, and in many cases we don't understand why. Conservation efforts need this information to be effective, and bird banding stations can help fill in the gaps, providing insights into how demographics vary across space and time. A new study presents ten years of data from banding stations across northern California and southern Oregon and offers new hints on what's driving changes in the region's songbird populations. […]