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Bridge Species Drive Tropical Engine of Biodiversity

Although scientists have known since the middle of the 19th century that the tropics are teeming with species while the poles harbor relatively few, the origin of the most dramatic and pervasive biodiversity on Earth has never been clear.

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Researcher's studies yield surprises about lichens, biodiversity

Since the time of Linnaeus and even before, biologists and naturalists have been keen to organize living things into distinct groups. Now the modern technology of rapid DNA sequencing has revolutionized that categorizing task, providing a window into the relationships among species about which l ...

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Understanding Biodiversity Patterns in Nature: It Takes Two Fields--Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

What do marbled and spotted salamanders in ponds in eastern North America have to teach us about biodiversity patterns elsewhere on Earth?

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Mammal family tree reconstructed

HUMANS may have descended from apes, but long before that there was a small, four-legged insect-eating critter, according to new research in the journal Science.

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Madagascar: New Facility to Boost Biodiversity Research

Antananarivo — A new teaching and research facility for biodiversity conservation has been set up close to the Madagascar rainforest at Ranomafana National Park, an area of huge natural diversity.

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Africa 'needs more nuanced science cooperation with Europe'

[DUBLIN] European science cooperation with Africa needs redefining, as it is failing to address wide-ranging needs and challenges experienced by African countries — and often ignores those countries most in need of support, a conference has heard.

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Botanic gardens join forces to restore ecosystems

[MEXICO CITY] A global research initiative aimed at restoring damaged or destroyed ecosystems, the Ecological Restoration Alliance, was launched last month (23 May).

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Plant Protein Discovery Could Boost Bioeconomy

ScienceDaily (May 14, 2012) — Research groups from Iowa State University and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have uncovered the function of three plant proteins, a discovery that could help plant scientists boost seed oil production in crops, thereby benefitting the production of food, ...

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Hedgerows direct the flight of the bumblebee

Bees use hedgerows as motorways, academics have found, which may help future rural planning

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Badwater Basin: Death Valley Microbe May Spark Novel Biotech and Nanotech Uses

ScienceDaily (Dec. 27, 2011) — Nevada, the "Silver State," is well-known for mining precious metals. But scientists Dennis Bazylinski and colleagues at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) do a different type of mining.

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High Genetic Diversity in an Ancient Hawaiian Clone

ScienceDaily (Dec. 22, 2011) — The entire Hawaiian population of the peat moss Sphagnum palustre appears to be a clone that has been in existence for some 50,000 years, researchers have discovered.

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Arab scientists call for funding for regional collaborations

[DOHA] Arab scientists have called for an increase in funding for research partnerships between the Arab states, whether by governments, civil society institutions or the private sector.

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Small Fish Recover Faster Than Large Fish

In football, linebackers are usually the largest players and have the endurance required to get through a game plus overtime. But when it comes to fish, larger doesn't always mean stronger. A University of Illinois study showed smaller fish recover from exertion faster than larger fish.

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Sequencing 'Dark Matter' of Life: Elusive Genomes of Thousands of Bacteria Species Can Now Be Decoded

ScienceDaily (Sep. 18, 2011) — Researchers have developed a new method to sequence and analyze the dark matter of life -- the genomes of thousands of bacteria species previously beyond scientists' reach, from microorganisms that produce antibiotics and biofuels to microbes living in the human body.

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'Proton Flux Hypothesis' Offers New Explanation for Effects of Ocean Acidification On Coral Reefs

ScienceDaily (Aug. 29, 2011) — A researcher at the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, an organized research unit in the University of Hawai'i at Manoa's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, has come up with a new explanation for the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs.

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Coral could hold key to sunscreen pill

Scientists hope to harness coral's natural defence against the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays to make a sunscreen pill for humans.

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Possible Biological Control Discovered for Pathogen Devastating Amphibians

ScienceDaily (Aug. 27, 2011) — Zoologists at Oregon State University have discovered that a freshwater species of zooplankton will eat a fungal pathogen which is devastating amphibian populations around the world.

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Genomewide Mapping Reveals Developmental and Environmental Impacts

ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2011) — Complex traits that help plants adapt to environmental challenges are likely influenced by variations in thousands of genes that are affected by both the plant's growth and the external environment, reports a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis.

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Toucans Wearing GPS Backpacks Help Smithsonian Scientists Study Seed Dispersal

Nutmeg-loving toucans wearing GPS transmitters recently helped a team of scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama address an age-old problem in plant ecology: accurately estimating seed dispersal.

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Barcoding Biodiversity Not Free of Risks, Activists Say

As the Barcode of Life project continues the work of sequencing specific segments of genes in Mexican animals and plants, there are some concerns about how to safeguard the biological samples collected from the threat of commercial exploitation.

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Plasticity of plants helps them adapt to climate change

The study, which has been published in Trends in Plant Science, provides an overview of plants' molecular and genetic mechanisms, which is important for ecologists, physiologists and molecular biologists, since it covers the prime requirements for anticipating plants' response to global change. ...

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Earth's exposure to radiation stresses biodiversity, study says

A puzzlingly regular waxing and waning of Earth's biodiversity may ultimately trace back to our solar system's bobbing path around the Milky Way, a new study suggests.

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Elephant damage 'good for frogs'

Areas heavily damaged by elephants are home to more species of amphibians and reptiles than areas when the beasts are excluded, a study suggests.

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Butterflies and moths mimic snakes and foxes to fool predators, claims researcher

Butterflies and moths mascarade as snakes and foxes to avoid predators.

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