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Genetic breakthrough will aid whitebark pine conservation efforts

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:10:53 EDT ~ A research team for the first time developed reliable genetic markers known as nuclear microsatellites for the whitebark pine, a discovery that could improve the tree's prospects for survival. Whitebark pine, which is declining rapidly nearly range-wide, is currently being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Find out more...

New tool helps align investment with objectives in biodiversity conservation

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:11:10 EDT ~ Researchers developed a tool, called the Recovery Explorer, that can be used to help guide conservation scientists in making decisions on how to best use limited funds to conserve the greatest number of species. The tool was developed in collaboration with US Fish & Wildlife Services scientists in a two-year project supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. Find out more...

Mammals cannot evolve fast enough to escape current extinction crisis

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:44:35 EDT ~ The sixth mass extinction is underway, this time caused by humans. A team of researchers have calculated that species are dying out so quickly that nature's built-in defense mechanism, evolution, cannot keep up. If current conservation efforts are not improved, so many mammal species will become extinct during the next five decades that nature will need 3-5 million years to recover to current biodiversity levels. And that's a best-case scenario. Find out more...

PPR virus poses threat to conservation

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:29:36 EDT ~ Researchers have reviewed the threat of the virus peste des petits ruminants (PPR) to conservation. Find out more...

Crowd-sourced data wins protection for endangered tricolored blackbird

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 17:56:46 EDT ~ Researchers used eBird data to convince California to list the Tricolored Blackbird as endangered. Find out more...

Polar bears gorged on whales to survive past warm periods; won't suffice as climate warms

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 17:56:39 EDT ~ A new study found that while dead whales are valuable sources of fat and protein for some polar bears, this resource will likely not be enough to sustain most bear populations in the future when the Arctic becomes ice-free in summers. Find out more...

In the absence of bees, flies are responsible for pollination in the Arctic region

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 13:59:55 EDT ~ Most of the fauna in the Arctic region take part in pollinating, yet during the busiest flowering weeks, there's a shortage of such services. A recent study indicates that the pollination services provided to plants and, thus, the plants' ability to produce seeds are dependent on the timing of the blooming season, and on how many other species are in bloom simultaneously. Find out more...

Underestimating combined threats of deforestation and wildlife trade will push Southeast Asian birds

Sun, 07 Oct 2018 08:40:42 EDT ~ The combined impact of deforestation and wildlife exploitation on bird numbers is severely underestimated and could lead to some species becoming extinct, a study has found. Find out more...

Common genetic toolkit shapes horns in scarab beetles

Thu, 04 Oct 2018 14:39:15 EDT ~ Horns have evolved independently multiple times in scarab beetles, but distantly related species have made use of the same genetic toolkit to grow these prominent structures, according to a new study. Find out more...

Species-rich forests store twice as much carbon as monocultures

Thu, 04 Oct 2018 14:39:05 EDT ~ Species-rich subtropical forests can take up on average twice as much carbon as monocultures. An international research team has evaluated data from forests grown specifically for this purpose in China with a total of over 150,000 trees. The results speak in favor of using many different tree species during reforestation. Find out more...