Tag: "rainforest" at biology news
Endangered frogs coexist with fungus once thought fatal
...that remaining populations of T. eungellensis , a rainforest
frog listed as endangered, can persist in the wild...ocused on six species living in the high-elevation rainforest
streams of Eungella National Park in Queensland, Australia, where frog losses were "particularly cat...
Fungus knocks a frog down but not out, raising questions about amphibian declines
... decline. The species largely disappeared from rainforest
streams in the mid-1980's, but surviving remnant populations sampled in the mid-1990's show the continued presence of the fungus in 15% to 18% of the sampled frogs. Later investigation showed that infected frogs had similar survival to uninfected fr...
Large-scale forces shape local ocean life, global study shows
...ists know that tropical coral reefs and the Amazon rainforest
act as source areas, Witman said more areas must be identified. "This is particularly true in the marine environment," he said. "We don't know much about source pools. We need a lot more research in this area." The project focus...
Chimpanzee 'workshop' discovered in Congo
...6, 2004) Scientists have discovered that a remote rainforest
in Central Africa, saved from logging by a collaboration among the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society, a timber company and the Republic of Congo, is home to a population of innovative, tool-making chimpanzees that "fish" for termite dinner...
Tracking orangutans from the sky
...ced with the hip-deep muck and steep slopes of the rainforest
floor. Instead, Ancrenaz and colleagues have developed a survey method by which estimates of orangutan numbers can be made from helicopters. By comparing ground survey data, collected over two years, with aerial counts garnered in only 72 hours the a...
Stanford biologist working to restore native forests to Hawaii
...not only were coffee plants located near an intact rainforest
more productive but the beans were also of higher quality. They traced this finding to the pollination services offered by rainforests, where native bees nest. "We've been pretty narrow minded in how we extract benefits from ecosystems," she said. "I...
Arid Australian interior linked to landscape burning by ancient humans
...reserved in lake sediments at the boundary between rainforest
and interior desert beginning about 50,000 years ago, Miller said. In addition, a number of rainforest
gymnosperms -- plants whose seeds are not encased and protected and are therefore more vulnerable to...
Population of rare gorillas may be increasing in war-torn Congo
...ho have heroically defended the gorillas and their rainforest
home in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, have played a key role in safeguarding these endangered primates. The census, led by WCS project director Innocent Liengola, counted 168 gorillas living in the mountain highlands of Kahuzi-Biega National ...
Experimental radar provides 3-D forest view
...orneo. The sites varied in character from pristine rainforest
to coastal mangroves and oil palm and rubber plantations. They were also measured in detail on the ground to provide 'ground truth' for the radar results, around 200 Gigabytes of raw data having been gathered during three weeks of flights. "We had ...
Falling ants glide back to trunk to avoid dangers of forest floor
...Yanoviak of UTMB. While perched 100 feet up in the rainforest
canopy waiting for mosquitoes to alight and feed on his blood, Yanoviak casually brushed off a few dozen ants that were attacking him and noticed their uncanny ability to land on the tree's trunk and climb back to the very spot from which they'd fall...
World's largest rainforest drying experiment completes first phase
...g, El Nio episodes, and even the drying effects of rainforest
clearing and burning itself." First, the biggest s...n rainfall will likely push this tall, green, lush rainforest
towards a shorter, more stunted forest. As the forest becomes shorter and its leaf canopy more ope...
Scientists map the world for nature conservation
...cies-rich areas on earth. Indeed, Borneo's lowland rainforest
is the most diverse of all, with around 10,000 plant species. By comparison, the whole of the Federal Republic of Germany contains some 2,700 different native plants. "However, we have found out for the first time where, within each of the different ...
Promiscuous catalytic activity possessed by novel enzyme structure
...a new way of bringing "bio-prospecting" out of the rainforest
and into the lab. Their findings are published in the June 16th edition of the journal Nature. Stphane Richard, Joseph Noel and Tomohisa Kuzuyama isolated and examined a totally new enzyme that can mix and match biological chemicals to create a wide...
Two new lemur species discovered
...nd within a protected reserve, but the surrounding rainforest
is also heavily threatened by slash-and-burn activities. "It is simply remarkable that M. lehilahytsara was obtained at Andasibe, a protected area of forest that is considered one of the biologically best known sites on the island and is the most he...
Birds and bats sow tropical seeds
...at once characterized expansive tracts of tropical rainforest
gets a helping hand from native birds and bats. Ju...or adjacent to forest remnants or UNAM's protected rainforest
to observe what trees grow, and why. Some tracts will be planted with 12 species of animal-dispersed...
Ants, not evil spirits, create devil's gardens in the Amazon rainforest, study finds
...gardens are large stands of trees in the Amazonian rainforest
that consist almost entirely of a single species, ...he Madre Selva Biological Station in the Amazonian rainforest
of Loreto, Peru. The research team located 10 devil's gardens for the study, ranging in size from on...
Study in Royal Society journal on first observation of giant squid in the wild
...ve been due to periods of drought during which the rainforest
became fragmented, giving rise to geographic isola...the time-course of evolution. Our study shows that rainforest
refuges, if they ever existed, had different effects on each group of butterflies, or that there was...
Selective logging causes widespread destruction of Brazil's Amazon rainforest, study finds
...y and other hardwoods destroys an area of pristine rainforest
big enough to cover the state of Connecticut. The ... The Amazon Basin contains the largest contiguous rainforest
on Earth--a vast region nearly as big the continental United States that includes portions of Brazil...
Picky female frogs drive evolution of new species in less than 8,000 years
Berkeley -- Picky female frogs in a tiny rainforest
outpost of Australia have driven the evolution of ...ween 1 and 2 million years ago with the retreat of rainforest
to higher elevations, two separate frog lineages developed in the northern and southern parts of the...
Rainforest conservation worth the cost, University of Alberta shows
The economic benefits of protecting a rainforest
reserve outweigh the costs of preserving it, says ...fuelwood and agricultural development compete with rainforest
conservation. Since 1996, an ecotourism centre has been established at the forest and a growing numb...
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