Category Archives: Ecosystems

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Climate Change Causes Pollinators and Plants to Be Out of Sync

If climate change disturbs the timing between flowering and pollinators that overwinter in place, such as butterflies, bumblebees, flies, and even mosquitoes, the intimate relationships between plants and pollinators that have co-evolved over the past thousands of years will be irrevocably altered.

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When Bees Disappear Plants Follow

In Britain, where bee diversity has fallen and hoverflies have at best held steady, there have been declines in 70% of the wildflowers that require insects for pollination. However, wind-pollinated or self-pollinating plants have held constant or increased

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

The couple never planned to spend five years building a harvester, but like a barbed needle-and-thread grass seed, once the idea got in their heads they couldn't pull it out.

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Common Introduced Weed Threatens Hardwood Forests

Maples, ashes and other hardwood trees are being harmed by an invasive weed that indirectly slows their growth to about one-tenth the normal speed, scientists say.

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Loss of Pollinators Especially Hard on Plants in Biological Hotspots

Species in species-rich regions face two challenges that increase the risk of extinction: habitat destruction, which is occurring at alarming rates in the tropics, and reduced pollinator activity.

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What Happens When You Mess With Symbiotic Pollination Relationships?

With as many as 70% of plant species dependent on animal pollinators and at least 82 mammalian pollinator species and 103 bird pollinator species considered threatened or extinct, this is sobering news.

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Healthy Mangroves Protect Human Communities

Places that had healthy coral reefs and intact mangroves, which act as natural buffers, were less badly hit by the tsunami.

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Flowers Welcome Fishy Neighbors

Fish and flowering plants would seem to have as much in common as pigs and beauty soap. But ecologists … found an amazing relationship between the different species that provides a new direction for understanding how ecosystems “hook up.”