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Ecological destruction fuels emerging diseases

... University of Toronto, says the decline of global biodiversity is linked to the emergence of new human and wildli...eases such as West Nile Virus and avian flu. "The biodiversity crisis is not just about extinctions," says Dr. Brooks, whose pioneering parasite systematics resear...

The secret lives of whales

...“The deep ocean appears to be a major reservoir of biodiversity on the planet. Some of the oddest animals ever discovered occur on whale falls,?says Smith. “These communities are the undertakers of the deep, assimilating huge whale carcasses and recycling their bodies back into oceanic lifecycles. If we want to u...

Scientists collaborate to assess health of global environment

...ion will outweigh the effects on water quality and biodiversity by giving them the information they need to make t...of the global synthesis report. A report on global biodiversity will be available in May; a report on desertification is due out in June; and reports related to wet...

South America's vast pantanal wetland may become next everglades, UNU experts warn

...rest to U.S. scientists for insights into the lost biodiversity of Florida's famed Everglades, altered by drainage...e analysis, "fundamentally altering their ecology, biodiversity and species composition." The global threat to the Pantanal: Climate change The UNU analysis says ...

A new study examines how shared pathogens affect host populations

...ut also provide a potential mechanism linking host biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Sponsored by the American Society of Naturalists, The American Naturalist is a leading journal in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology and animal behavior. For more information, please see our website: www.journa...

New online portal merges vast data on Gulf of Maine ecosystem

... the Gulf of Maine program explains: "Knowledge of biodiversity and the relationships of life in the Gulf of Maine to the surrounding environs is fundamental to ecosystem-based management. The Dynamic Atlas creates the opportunity for credible gains in our knowledge about how the patterns of life in the Gulf are ...

Biodiversity hotspots identify conservation priorities

...rs to areas where they can do the most good. "The biodiversity hotspots are the environmental emergency rooms of our planet. This latest assessment underscores the value of the hotspots concept for defining urgent conservation priorities," said Russell A. Mittermeier, president of Conservation International (CI)...

Undesirable expatriates: Preventing the spread of invasive animals

...ce competition, predation or disease-- ushering in biodiversity loss. Globally, invasive species are the second leading cause of animal extinction, preceded only by habitat loss. Not all introduced animals become invasive. When moved into a foreign environment, many animals find conditions unfavorable and fail t...

Oceans more vulnerable to agricultural runoff than previously thought, study finds

...ifornia Peninsula. The area is a hotspot of marine biodiversity and one of Mexico's most important commercial fishing centers. "Biological productivity in most of the world's oceans is controlled by the supply of nutrients to the surface water," wrote the authors, who are all affiliated with Stanford's School of...

Primates on the brink

...especially true of Madagascar, one of the planet's biodiversity hotspots that has lost most of its original forest...tes on the 2004-2006 list are found in the world's biodiversity hotspots-34 regions identified by Conservation International that cover just 2.3 percent of the Eart...

An (ecological) origin of species for tropical reef fish

...extreme of life's capacity for variation. Yet high biodiversity in tropical seas foil evolutionists' attempts to e...s about the importance of ecological speciation in biodiversity evolution. ### Ref: Luiz A. Rocha, D. Ross Robertson, Joe Roman, and Brian W. Bowen. 2005. Ecologi...

Roundup®highly lethal to amphibians, finds University of Pittsburgh researcher

... Roundup® caused a 70 percent decline in amphibian biodiversity and an 86 percent decline in the total mass of tadpoles. Leopard frog tadpoles and gray tree frog tadpoles were completely eliminated and wood frog tadpoles and toad tadpoles were nearly eliminated. One species of frog, spring peepers, was unaffected...

Census of Marine Life explorers surprised by diversity, density of Arctic creatures

...-year global scientific collaboration to inventory biodiversity throughout the seas. The Healy returned to port J... "It now appears possible to confirm that the rich biodiversity surprising deep-sea explorers worldwide exists as well in deep Arctic waters, the most under-studied...

Scientists map the world for nature conservation

...thin each of the different vegetation zones, plant biodiversity is highest," says Professor Wilhelm Barthlott, fou...verse areas. "There is also little known about the biodiversity that exists in large parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, the north of China and, surprisingly, eve...

Scientists discover global pattern of big fish diversity in open oceans

... hope for the future. The key pieces of the global biodiversity puzzle are still out there, including the physical structures upon which the big fish congregate. There are still a few remaining in formerly productive areas. If we allow these predators some reprieve, we could rebuild some of the lost biodiversity....

Using computers and DNA to count bacteria

...measures of the contribution of microbes to global biodiversity and more importantly the impact of human activities on the organisms responsible for sustaining all higher life forms. ...

Comparison of Cocaine, Methamphetamine ‘Highs?Finds Differences

...measures of the contribution of microbes to global biodiversity and more importantly the impact of human activities on the organisms responsible for sustaining all higher life forms. ...

Space matters: Estimating species diversity in the fossil record

...en classified and described. Estimating historical biodiversity from the fossil record is an even more daunting ta...r frame of reference for understanding the current biodiversity crisis. Thanks to the innovative text-mining tools and approach presented here, future studies can m...

New Scripps Oceanography project to study sediments and ecosystem restoration in Venice lagoon

...e researchers to test how the chemical content and biodiversity of the lagoon respond to such a local change. The ...and benthic foraminifera ecology * Lisa Levin: biodiversity of benthic communities * Bradley Tebo: sediment microbial communities and metal biogeochemistry ...

Logging changed ecological balance for monkeys, damaged health

...hat is compatible with animal and human health and biodiversity conservation," Gillespie, Chapman and Greiner wrote in the conclusion of their study. ...

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