Navigation Links
Australia's most endangered snake might need burning
Date:3/24/2009

Conserving Australia's most endangered snake might mean lighting more bush fires, ecologists have proposed.

The last remaining populations of broad-headed snakes are being threatened by encroaching woodland that is destroying their habitat, a study by scientists from the University of Sydney and Stanford University (USA) has shown.

"Broad-headed snakes are only found living in small pockets within 200 km of Sydney, and those small communities are fast becoming extinct or increasingly more rare," said Professor Rick Shine from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney, co-author on the new paper published online in British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology.

As part of a 17-year study investigating causal factors in the decline of the colourful broad-headed snake, Professor Shine and colleague Dr Jonathan Webb, also from the University of Sydney, with Rob Pringle and Mindy Syfert of Stanford University, examined trends in habitat availability of Australia's most endangered snake.

Using historical and current images of Morton National Park, 160 km south of Sydney, the research team compared aerial photographs taken in the 1940s and 1970s with satellite images taken in 2006 to ascertain the relative coverage of vegetation and bare sandstone in each year.

"The results indicate that the amount of bare sandstone, which is critical habitat for broad-headed snakes and their prey, has decreased steadily over the past 65 years," Professor Shine said.

The study also showed that total vegetation cover in Morton National Park an area currently inhabited by broad-headed snakes has increased over the same 65-year interval.

"The reason for the proliferation of vegetation is not known. In other parts of Australia, vegetation thickening has been attributed to altered Aboriginal fire regimes or to 20th-century climatic change," said Professor Shine.

Dr Jonathan Webb
'/>"/>

Contact: Melanie Thomson
melanie.thomson@wiley.com
44-186-547-6270
Wiley-Blackwell
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Student study bolsters case for adding a rare sunflower to the endangered species list
2. Student study bolsters case for adding a rare sunflower to the endangered species list
3. Researchers discover forests of endangered tropical kelp
4. Critically endangered Amur leopard captured
5. Worlds most endangered gorilla fights back
6. Critically endangered porpoise is focus of new research report
7. Great apes endangered by human viruses
8. Relocation of endangered Chinese turtle may save species
9. New CITES quotas allow more caviar export, further jeopardize endangered sturgeon
10. First successful reverse vasectomy on endangered species performed at the National Zoo
11. Pollination habits of endangered Texas rice revealed to help preservation
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/21/2014)... significantly less likely to report taking iron supplements before ... who are developing normally, a study by researchers with ... iron intake was associated with a five-fold greater risk ... 35 or older at the time of the child,s ... as obesity hypertension or diabetes. , The research is ...
(Date:9/21/2014)... Contrary to what was previously thought, newborn immune T ... response to bacteria, according to a new study led ... very differently to that of adults, babies may still ... the study published in the journal Nature Medicine ... several different types of immune cells, including neutrophils which ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... University of Oklahoma biology professor will study the unique ... that could eventually benefit people,s health. The OU ... the energy required to produce the signals used to ... electric signals at a rate of 500-600 discharges a ... for the electric fish are extreme, but necessary for ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Mothers of children with autism less likely to have taken iron supplements 2Immune system of newborn babies is stronger than previously thought 2
... reveals the interaction of genetic and environmental factors such ... explained Dr. Matthias Elstner of the Neurological Clinic of ... study. In addition, this genome-wide expression and association study ... both disease risk and therapy response ( Annals of ...
... not all the same when it comes to risk of ... researcher shows key differences among Hispanic populations that doctors should ... cardiovascular disease in this large and growing subset of the ... January 19, 2009 Journal of the American College of ...
... new quarterly newsletter for academic librarians and information professionals. ... developments at OUP and across the publishing world. ... and member of the Editorial Team said: ,After careful ... developed a strong and broad source of information for ...
Cached Biology News:Genetic risk factor identified for Parkinson's disease 2Crucial differences found among Latino populations facing heart disease risks 2
(Date:9/18/2014)... 18, 2014 Bipartisan passage this week ... designed to stimulate development and commercialization of new technologies ... by leaders of SPIE, the international society for ... Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act, now moves to the ... said they are optimistic that it will win passage ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... Sept. 18, 2014 About POCT ... performed outside a clinical laboratory. It helps in ... appropriate treatments and medication. POCT is gaining popularity ... lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and ... devices are standardized to minimize errors during the ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... 2014 A novel robotic system that ... is currently being tested as part of a biomedical ... Boston with the aim of determining if the robot, ... cancer biopsies faster, more accurate, less costly, and less ... the potential to deliver prostate cancer therapies with greater ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... DUBLIN, Ireland , September 18, ... ,Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/czvg3s/biocompatible ) ... "Biocompatible Materials - Global Strategic ... offering. ,     (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769) ,This report ... Materials in US$ Million by the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:House passage of high-tech manufacturing bill is move toward stronger economy, say SPIE leaders 2House passage of high-tech manufacturing bill is move toward stronger economy, say SPIE leaders 3POCT Market in China 2014-2018 2Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 2Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 3Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 4Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 5Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 6Biocompatible Materials - Global Strategic Business Report 2014 2Biocompatible Materials - Global Strategic Business Report 2014 3
... have a penchant for the CSI side of project management ... calls suggesting a spinoff. "CSI: Project Management" has such a ... recently is the flurry of news about Acela, the fast ... the story, cracks have developed in the disc brakes and ...
... some of the same technology used by Internet search engines ... crowded. , ,The University of Wisconsin-Madison E-Business Consortium ... efficiency, security and enterprise readiness in a recently published ... overall winner, ceding ground only in security to ...
... effective and proper networking techniques, you may not be maximizing ... other professionals. While people have their own networking style that ... ,You need to do what works best for you and ... learn new ideas about networking from other professionals who have ...
Cached Biology Technology:When innovation gets off track 2When innovation gets off track 3Improve your networking skills by learning from other professionals 2Improve your networking skills by learning from other professionals 3Improve your networking skills by learning from other professionals 4
... Activins are polypeptide hormones which belong ... superfamily. The TGF- superfamily is a ... which control many aspects of development, ... Other members incude TGF-s, bone morphogenetic ...
... be able to handle larger sample volumes, automate ... as interface with telemetry systems. The AccuSampler ... dogs, pigs, and primates. The system may ... the computer can be located outside the animal ...
The new Silencer siRNA Starter Kit is perfect for researchers new to RNAi. It provides all of the reagents, protocols, and instructions necessary to get underway with siRNA transfection and ensure su...
... culture or fermentation is the ability to ... make rapid adjustments in response to changes ... provide immediate analysis of key nutrients, metabolites, ... media. BioProfile analyzers are fully automated, multi-test ...
Biology Products: