Tag: "tropical" at biology news
New study warns limited carbon market puts 20 percent of tropical forest at risk
... that have avoided widespread destruction of their tropical
forest are at risk of being left out of an emergin...provide incentive for them to protect their intact tropical
forest. Otherwise, the same market and economic forces that cause deforestation elsewhere will quick...
Tropical insects 'go the distance' to inform rainforest conservation
... The long-held belief that plant-eating insects in tropical
forests are picky eaters that stay close to home ... be consistently found across hundreds of miles of tropical
forestland. These findings have significant implications related to the sustainability and conser...
Rain forest protection works in Peru
... concern. Peru has about 255,000 square miles of tropical
forestsan area a little larger than France. In 200...tudy from the Carnegie group showing the world how tropical
forests can be systematically monitored amazingly quickly and at a reasonable cost. said Michael Wri...
Smithsonian scientists show differing patterns of rainforest biodiversity
...ed upon, in contrast to the common assumption that tropical
species tend to be highly specialized. For the t...ts suggests that the total diversity of species in tropical
rainforests globally may be lower than previously thought. The studys results also may help shape...
Viewing ecosystems from above
...gies can provide detailed analyses of the state of tropical
ecosystems. Laporte will discuss two projects des...tral Africa (INFORMS) is focused on Africas entire tropical
forest region, while Protected Area Watch in the Albertine Riff (PAWAR) focuses on the greater Alber...
Indo-Pacific coral reefs disappearing more rapidly than expected
...uring an area covered by tree canopy as a gauge of tropical
forest loss. Coral cover declined from 40 percent in the early 1980s to approximately 20 percent by 2003, the researchers found. But for Bruno and Selig, one of the most surprising results was that coral cover was similar between reefs maintained b...
Biologist traces coconut's history through DNA
...ual to 100 acres) are now planted in coconut in 86 tropical
countries. Olsen will study the phylogeography of C. nucifera and its ancient dispersal; the geographical origin(s) of domestication; the impact of human activities in homogenizing population structure across the species range; and the possi...
American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- July 25, 2007
...persants the best tool for treating oil spills in tropical
areas are significantly more toxic to coral than the oil they are used to clean up. Their study, which urges caution in the use of these materials, is scheduled for the August 1 issue of ACS Environmental Science & Technology , a semi-monthly journa...
Geisinger scientist seeks cure for Lou Gehrig's disease, creating device to find treatment
DANVILLE- A small tropical
fish, the curiosity of a Geisinger research scientist and some college students have created the perfect storm of sorts in an attempt to find a cure for one of the worlds most devastating neurological diseases. On initial glance, there doesnt seem ...
Scientists find stem cell switch
...for growth. Poor soil structure is a problem in tropical
agriculture, where soil becomes compact as it dries out. We believe this is a first step towards understanding how plants respond to soil compaction. Armed with this understanding we can start to devise ways to tackle it, said research leader Prof...
Limpets reveal possible fate of cold-blooded Antarctic animals
...imental Biology. Compared to their temperate and tropical
cousins, cold-blooded polar marine animals are inc... primarily by making and retaining proteins. While tropical
water limpets typically retain 70% of the proteins they make, those in the Antarctic appear only to ...
Increase in creeping vines signals major shift in southern US forests
...udies that found similar patterns in temperate and tropical
forests, said Bruce Allen, the study's lead author and a recent doctoral graduate of Ohio State University's School of Environment and Natural Resources. Collectively, we're talking about an increase of more than 500 vine stems in 27 acres of fores...
A new plant-bacterial symbiotic mechanism promising
...artners (1), taking as model a symbiosis between a tropical
aquatic legume, Aeschynomene, and Bradyrhizobium, ...f a greater number of important plants, notably in tropical
countries, while cutting down the use of fertilizers....
Researchers witness natural selection at work in dramatic comeback of male butterflies
...ted a remarkable example of natural selection in a tropical
butterfly species that fought back - genetically speaking - against a highly invasive, male-killing bacteria. Within 10 generations that spanned less than a year, the proportion of males of the Hypolimnas bolina butterfly on the South Pacific islan...
Revolutionary global environment fund announces $50M expansion
...; the remote Pacific island nations of Micronesia, tropical
Polynesia, and Fiji in Polynesia-Micronesia; and t... and thereby safeguard 225,000 hectares of primary tropical
forest, as well as their own livelihoods. Additionally, CEPF-identified Key Biodiversity Areas in th...
Satellite survey links tropical park fires with poverty and corruption
...assessment of forest fire control effectiveness in tropical
parks, poverty and corruption correlate closely with lack of fire protection in tropical
moist forests. A better understanding of the links between corruption, poverty and park management w...
Climate change reduces Queensland's bat numbers
...h to the present and span the transition from full tropical
rainforest habitats to the more arid environment that currently characterises the Mt Etna region. Ms Martinez will compare information obtained from fossil data to the bat communities that still occur in the Mt Etna caves. What Ive found so far is an...
Key to tackling malaria may lie in bed nets for adults and older children
... still the commonest and most dangerous disease in tropical
Africa today," says Dr Mwita. "In Tanzania it kills over 80,000 children annually and is responsible for 36% of maternal mortality which at 578 per 100,000 live births is one the highest in the world. Economically, malaria contributes to individual, ...
MIT tool determines landslide risk in tropics
... and strengthen mitigation measures in mountainous tropical
regions frequently hit by typhoons. Devised orig...ns loosen layers of surface soil. Surface soils in tropical
and subtropical areas tend to be residual--that is, they're created when the underlying bedrock dete...
Scientists close in on missing carbon sink
...-called missing carbon sink, concludes that intact tropical
forests are removing an unexpectedly high proporti.... The Science article, "Weak northern and strong tropical
land carbon uptake from vertical profiles of atmospheric CO2," was written by an international team ...
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