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‘Gloom’ and Doom When These Insects Are on Hot, Dry Red Maple Trees

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They are known as gloomy scales, and these insects can make a red maple tree’s life downright dreary. This is because the arthropods feed and thrive on them, especially in warm and dry urban landscapes.

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Plant Root Systems, Plant Root Development, Fine root database, Plant traits, Plant ecology, soil, Plant Health, Crop survival, Carbon Storage, plant engineering

FRED Database Gathers Root Traits to Advance Understanding of Belowground Plant Ecology

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have released a new global, centralized database of plant root traits, or identifying characteristics, that can advance our understanding of how the hidden structure of plants belowground may interact with and relate to life aboveground.

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Scientist Details the Indirect Effects of an Invasive Species in Guam

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A new study from an ISU scientists shows the indirect impacts invasive species can have in an ecosystem. The study focused on the brown treesnake, whose introduction to the forests of Guam has led to difficulties for local tree species to reproduce.

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maple tree, Mesa Glow maple, NMSU tree patent

New Type of Maple Tree Receives Patent

New Mexico State University has recently been awarded a patent on a type of Bigtooth maple tree, the Mesa Glow maple. Its scientific name is Acer grandidentatum “JFS-NuMex 3,” and its leaves turn a brilliant crimson color in the fall.

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Snake Venom, Snakebite, Venom, Ken Shea

Snake Bit? Chemists Figure Out How to Easily and Cheaply Halt Venom’s Spread

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Chemists at the University of California, Irvine have developed a way to neutralize deadly snake venom more cheaply and effectively than with traditional anti-venom – an innovation that could spare millions of people the loss of life or limbs each year.In the U.S., human snakebite deaths are rare – about five a year – but the treatment could prove useful for dog owners, mountain bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts brushing up against nature at ankle level.

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Research Shows Nature Can Beat Back Scientific Tinkering with Genes of Entire Species

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A University of Kansas researcher and colleagues from Cornell University have revealed daunting challenges to changing the DNA of entire populations of species via the most promising techniques available today to produce “gene drive.”

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Mass Spectrometry, nanogenerators, Zhong Lin Wang, Chemical Analysis

Triboelectric Nanogenerators Boost Mass Spectrometry Performance

Triboelectric nanogenerators (TENG) convert mechanical energy harvested from the environment to electricity for powering small devices such as sensors or for recharging consumer electronics. Now, researchers have harnessed these devices to improve the charging of molecules in a way that dramatically boosts the sensitivity of a widely-used chemical analysis technique.

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Government of Myanmar Unveils New Plan To Protect Marine Wildlife and Resources

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The Government of Myanmar and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) announced today a comprehensive plan to protect the country’s diverse fisheries and marine life—including dolphins, sea turtles, and other species—and other marine resources.

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Bird behavior, bird ecology, Animal Behavior, Ecological Changes, global warming, climage change

How Migratory Birds Respond to Balmier Autumns?

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To study the migration patterns of white-throated sparrows researchers kept track of how active the birds were by day and night. When the temperatures dropped , the birds all became restless at night, signifying they were in a migratory state. As temperatures raised none of the birds showed signs of migratory restlessness.

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Landscape Ecologist to Research, Teach Dryland Ecology

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