Category Archives: Ecosystems

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Does Genetically Engineered Corn Damage Streams?

This study provides the first evidence that toxins from Bt corn may travel long distances in streams and may harm stream insects that serve as food for fish.

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The Garden Of Eden Unprotected

We are relying too much on the relatively few cultivated varieties of crops. This puts us at risk from changing environmental conditions. And also [wild crop relatives] have genetic diversity that can provide us with resistance to pests and diseases.

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Lost and Found Orchid

It is described, in various reports, as smelling like stinky feet, sweaty clothing and a horse corral on a hot afternoon.

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A Plant Needs Its Sister

New research shows that at least one species recognizes its kin, and becomes much more aggressive in soaking up resources if the guy growing next to it is a member of the same species, but a total stranger. But if it's a sibling, it backs off.

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Marine Plants That Create Sand

Its a unique plant in a number of ways, but one that’s quite interesting is its production of rock

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Developers vs.Conservationists… in Malaysia

Sitting in the fast developing suburb of Petaling Jaya, the forest is in the centre of a dispute between local residents and the state government over the conversion of some 140ha for a mixed development project.

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A Plant Needs Its Neighbors

Researchers found that a rare plant, Trochetia blackburniana, benefits from its proximity to Pandanus plants because they house high densities of geckos responsible for pollination.

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You Can’t Restore Habitat if You Can’t Get The Seed: Rainforest Version

Using the essential oils of fruit to attract bats for seed dispersal… would be an easy way of increasing the flow of native seeds to the area, and of ensuring a high diversity in the forest.

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Competition Makes for Drama, But Benefactors Set The Stage

The stage is set by those species that create habitat… The organisms and interactions that occur within the habitat, such as crabs eating snails or annual plants competing with one another, are just players and roles that we see because of that stage.