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Researchers predict refuges from the disease myrtle rust

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Researchers predict refuges from the disease myrtle rust

Geographical refuges could protect New Zealand’s iconic native myrtle plants from myrtle rust disease, according to research published in Journal of Applied Ecology.

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Ants adapt tool use to avoid drowning

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Ants adapt tool use to avoid drowning

Researchers have observed black imported fire ants using sand to draw liquid food out of containers, when faced with the risk of drowning. This is the first time this sophisticated tool use has been reported in animals.

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Pollinator monitoring more than pays for itself

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Pollinator monitoring more than pays for itself

Monitoring schemes to count bees and other pollinating insects provide excellent value for money, and could help save species and protect UK food security, researchers have found.

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Caught on tape: UF wildlife researchers repurpose listening device to track poaching

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Caught on tape: UF wildlife researchers repurpose listening device to track poaching

Acoustic monitoring technologies can detect far more hunting in protected forests than cameras are able to, according to research by the University of Florida.

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Oil palm replanting may decrease arthropod biodiversity

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Oil palm replanting may decrease arthropod biodiversity

New study finds that oil palm replanting may decrease the biodiversity of arthropods, such as insects and spiders.

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Provide shady spots to protect butterflies from climate change, say scientists

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Provide shady spots to protect butterflies from climate change, say scientists

Butterfly species that mostly rely on finding shade to keep cool are at a greater risk of population decline due to climate change and habitat loss.

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Logging tropical forests jeopardizes fisheries important for food and livelihood

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Logging tropical forests jeopardizes fisheries important for food and livelihood

Logging activity in Solomon Islands is associated with lower coral cover and structural complexity on adjacent reefs, new research has found.

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Ecologists confirm Alan Turing’s theory for Australian fairy circles

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Ecologists confirm Alan Turing’s theory for Australian fairy circles

International research team led by Göttingen University shows patterned vegetation regenerates by “ecosystem engineering” of the grasses.

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Managing energy balance through lactation

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Managing energy balance through lactation

Recently published research in Journal of Animal Ecology explores how grey seal mothers maximize their chances of successfully rearing pups during an ‘energetic fast’.

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Development of a diagnostic tool for water bodies

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Development of a diagnostic tool for water bodies

If a river or stream is not doing well, there are many possible causes, but they are sometimes difficult to detect. Scientists from the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) have now developed a method that evaluates biological symptoms of rivers and calculates probable causes.

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To mate or be eaten: tree cricket behaviour in the presence of a predator

To mate or be eaten: tree cricket behaviour in the presence of a predator

In the presence of predators, male tree crickets but not females, change their mate-finding behaviour, according to a new study in Functional Ecology from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).

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Indigenous knowledge still undervalued in environmental decisions

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Indigenous knowledge still undervalued in environmental decisions

New research published today in People and Nature finds that Indigenous knowledge is regularly underutilised and misunderstood when making important environmental decisions.

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The multiple benefits of conserving native forest

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The multiple benefits of conserving native forest

Research published in Journal of Applied Ecology shows how the presence of Chaco Serrano forest remnants in the vicinity of soybean fields has led to an increase in the diversity of insects that control pests

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Announcing the 2020 British Ecological Society award winners

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Announcing the 2020 British Ecological Society award winners

The British Ecological Society (BES) announced today the winners of its annual awards and prizes, recognising eleven distinguished ecologists whose work has benefited the scientific community and society in general.

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