HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
The scoop on poop: Insect feces, dead leaves may provide clues to health of world

Barro Colorado Island, Panama--Insect feces and leaf litter in the rainforest may provide important clues to better understanding global climate change, according to a group of scientists conducting research in the Panamanian rainforest on a JASON Project expedition.

Clues to determining how these factors contribute to global climate change lie in scientists investigating how plant and animal activity in the rainforest treetops, known as the canopy, may potentially influence soil processes decomposition, respiration and nutrient availability on the rainforest floor.

Working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's facilities on Panama's Barro Colorado Island, scientists are linking the two rainforest layers in one overall tropical examination.

"The rainforest canopy is the hotspot for animals and plants. It's the hub of activity that keeps the world going," said Meg Lowman, an expedition researcher and professor of environmental studies at the New College of Florida in Sarasota. "No one measured the canopy until 20 years ago, and now that there are long-term sampling data of both the canopy and floor, we need to look at the bigger picture: how the rainforest ecosystem is connected as a whole."

Expedition scientists are connecting the two rainforest layers by examining the effects that canopy materials such as insect feces (frass), green leaves, dead insects and rainwater have on the rainforest floor, when they fall from the canopy.

"We're predicting that an increase in falling canopy materials, will raise the amount of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in the forest floor soil," said Lowman. "That will in turn, boost the rate of leaf litter decomposition, which escalates plant growth rates. This is a vital part of sustaining a healthy tropical environment."

"Portions of the half-eaten leaves and insect droppings eventually fall to the rainforest floor," Lowman said. "That is where a lot of the magi
'"/>

Contact: Jennifer Walsh
pr@jason.org
972-604-1751
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
5-Feb-2004


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. The science of the scoop: Wheat proteins for ice cream?
2. Insecticide resistance: A constraint on evolutionary change
3. Insect antibiotics Resistance is futile!
4. Insects survival, mating decrease with age in wild, researchers discover
5. Insect infestation models may shed light on insect and disease outbreaks
6. Insect yields clues to evolution of species
7. Insect bites on plants reduce photosynthesis, imaging device shows
8. Insects caught in a nutrient-poor food web
9. Insect defenses point the way to defeating bacterial antibiotic resistance
10. Bugscope Gives Internet Users Anywhere Chance To Study Insects
11. A Mothers Love? New UD Theory Explains Why Good Insect Moms Risk Death To Save Their Only Children

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: The scoop poop Insect feces dead leaves may provide clues health world

(Date:12/15/2014)... 12, 2014 Research and Markets ... the "Global Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019" ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 Facial recognition is ... Facial recognition system measures the overall facial feature ... mouth, and the distance between eyes. Facial recognition ...
(Date:12/10/2014)... , Dec. 8, 2014 You,ve been here before: ... but can,t remember your password, site key or the answer ... your first grade teacher? Today, Hoyos ... app that will finally put an end to the ... 1U TM . 1U leverages a user,s smartphone to ...
(Date:12/10/2014)... , December 9, 2014 ... BCARD Platform   ... meeting scheduling solutions for business-to-business (B2B) events, today ... leader in mobile near-field communication (NFC), Bluetooth low ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140612/691055) , Jifflenow will ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Global Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019: Key Vendors are 3M Cogent, Cognitec Systems, NEC and Safran Group 2Global Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019: Key Vendors are 3M Cogent, Cognitec Systems, NEC and Safran Group 3The Password is Finally Dead: Launch of 1U Mobile App Eliminates Need for All Usernames and Passwords 2The Password is Finally Dead: Launch of 1U Mobile App Eliminates Need for All Usernames and Passwords 3Jifflenow And ITN International Bring Cutting-Edge Badge Scanning Technology To B2B Events 2Jifflenow And ITN International Bring Cutting-Edge Badge Scanning Technology To B2B Events 3
(Date:12/19/2014)... Ed Bilsky, Ph.D., vice president for Research and ... the Neurosciences (CEN), and professor of pharmacology at the ... member of the prestigious Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives ... receive this honor. , The Dana Alliance ... Foundation. Its mission is to advance public education ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... Diego, CA (PRWEB) December 18, 2014 ... a limited time special on Sartorius Biohit products ... Free on mLINE pipettes, Picus Electronic Pipette Trade-in Program, ... by Health and Safety officers around the world. They ... manual pipetting. Other features include:, ,     Full ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... York, NY (PRWEB) December 16, 2014 ... significant changes since 2013, which is why IBISWorld updated ... this industry continues to benefit from an intensified focus ... the proposal for new emission standards for power plants ... industry operators. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Sarah Kahn, ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... Once more, EMAAR has selected BioShaft ... water treatment plant to phase one of BayLaSun, a ... years ago Bioshaft successfully supplied and operated a packaged ... towers with an occupancy of 900 residences. The ... per day and was signed on September 16th, 2014, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:UNE's Ed Bilsky Named Member of Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives 2UNE's Ed Bilsky Named Member of Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives 3Major Pipette Distributor Pipette.com Announces Sartorius Year End Specials 2Activated Carbon Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report Has Been Updated from IBISWorld 2Activated Carbon Manufacturing in the US Industry Market Research Report Has Been Updated from IBISWorld 3
Cached News: