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Researchers devise potent new tools to curb ivory poaching

...ser and his colleagues extracted DNA from elephant droppings and skin biopsy samples collected from numerous lo... have trained narcotics-detection dogs to find the droppings from endangered species over large remote areas. The dogs can track up to 18 species at once at dist...

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

...t." "Portions of the half-eaten leaves and insect droppings eventually fall to the rainforest floor," Lowman said. "That is where a lot of the magic happens." "On the forest floor, microbes decompose the dead leaves and insect frass and release their nutrients back into the soil and trees," said expedition s...

USGS December science picks!

...at next kiss under the mistletoe! Even though bird droppings do not generate mistletoe plants, birds are an important part of mistletoe life. Birds find mistletoe a great place for nesting and many birds eat mistletoe berries, including grouse, mourning doves, bluebirds, evening grosbeaks, robins and pigeons. ...

Cat parasite killing otters; Michigan's perch pressured; HACCP for medicine

...cientists' best guess is that parasite eggs in cat droppings are washed into coastal-bound storm drains and creeks. Although many different kinds of animals, such as birds and rodents, can serve as intermediate hosts for the parasite, cats are the only animals known to shed the parasite's eggs in their droppin...

Science picksLeads, feeds and story seeds (December 2002)

...t next kiss under the mistletoe! Even though bird droppings do not generate mistletoe plants, birds are an important part of mistletoe life. Birds find mistletoe a great place for nesting and many birds eat mistletoe berries, including grouse, mourning doves, bluebirds, evening grosbeaks, robins and pigeons....

Livestock in salt marshes help farmers and geese

...e behaviour of the birds and counted the number of droppings on each trial area. From the droppings, the time s...e in an area could be determined, as geese produce droppings at very regular intervals. The study revealed that geese prefer grass areas where the rate of protei...

Wildlife corridors shown effective

... a fluorescent dye powder. The examination of bird droppings showed that the holly and wax myrtle seed was dispersed in higher rates to the connected patch than to isolated patches. "Not only have we shown that corridors affect movement rates, but we've also shown how plants and animals interact in these lands...

After massive experiment, results favor wildlife corridors

...hs, they collected and analyzed the resulting bird droppings in a lab. Given the grand scale of the experiment,...he resulting data revealed that significantly more droppings containing wax myrtle and holly seeds were carried from the central patches to the connected patches...

Flawed sampling, not just pollution, may be responsible for beach closings

...ey published a paper uncovering evidence that bird droppings in a nearby wetland contributed fecal matter to Huntington Beach, raising the levels of hazardous bacteria in the water. Those findings contradict a longstanding belief that wetlands filter out pollutants. The researchers recently received a grant to...

UCI Samueli School researchers to study wetlands impact on coastal water quality

...recent research, Grant and Sanders found that bird droppings in the Talbert Marsh contributed fecal matter to coastal Huntington Beach where high bacteria levels have led to numerous beach postings over the past three years. "We want to know if our results at Talbert Marsh are unique to that one location or if...

Scientists use llama droppings to help combat water pollution

Scientists use llama droppings to help combat water pollutionScientists from Newcastle University are using llama droppings to help combat environmental problems caused by polluted water seeping from abandoned silver and tin...

For peppers, hot quite literally the spice of life, UF research shows

... the plant, since birds release the seeds in their droppings ready to germinate -- whereas if mammals ate the s... rodents refused to even nibble it. Analyzing the droppings and feces of the birds and rodents, the researchers discovered that the birds passed the seeds whole...

Unusual source of ocean water contamination may rewrite environmental textbooks

... University of California-Irvine. Grant identified droppings from resident sea gulls as the source of the conta...arsh regularly flushes millions of gallons of bird droppings into the Pacific Ocean, Grant said. Its rapid flow sweeps water from the marsh into the ocean in les...

Radioactive tumbleweeds

... complex were concentrating radioactivity in their droppings in the nearby village of Seascale....

New Knowledge From Old Dung

Genetic material tracked down in fossilized droppings / DNA remnants give insight into habits of extinct animals Using the most modern techniques in molecular biology, Max Planck researcher Svante Pääbo has succeeded for the first time in obtaining parts of the genetic mate...

DT104 Advice:How To Slow Salmonella Spread

...eds, water, drains and manure-storage areas andthe droppings of birds and rodents at the farm. -- Breaking the cycles: The ubiquitous salmonellae are found almost everywherein the environment -- in soil, water and their animal hosts -- andepidemiologists now believe the eradication of salmonella is impossib...

Photocatalytic Air Cleaning System Promises To Help Allergy Sufferers

...linked to the development of childhood asthma. The droppings of dust mites live in bedding and carpeting, but they also circulate in the air," said Goswami. "Inhaled mold spores are also responsible for many allergy symptoms and aggravate asthma. Mold seeds are microscopic and need to be 100 percent destroyed...

Study Shows Songbirds Switch From Bugs To Berries To Fuel Fall Migration

...00 songbirds and analyzed more than 1,600 of their droppings todetermine their diets. In reports to be published in Studies in AvianBiology and tentatively accepted for publication in The Condor, Parrish found that a dietary switch from insects to fruit occurred to somedegree in the majority of the 69 speci...

Race Plus Roaches: A Breathtaking Link

...be sensitive to allergens left behind by cockroach droppings and saliva. And poor children or those from out of cities were 11.9 times more likely to be affected by roach infestation than those from middle or high income families. The study in the June issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology i...

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