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Non-native tree species can impact tropical insects in neighboring forests

According to an international study, initiatives that use non-native tree species can have an impact on tropical insects in nearby forests. When applied to ecologically significant dung beetles, scientists from the University of Bristol and the Federal University of Western Pará in Brazil discovered...

Rash-causing moth spreading due to warming, scientists find

A forest pest that bedevils Maine residents and tourists with hairs that cause an itchy rash appears to be spreading due to warming temperatures. This is according to a group of scientists. The browntail moth is a scourge in America's most forested state. There it defoliates trees...

Pine needles tell the story of PFAS in North Carolina

The humble pine tree is more than just a common sight in North Carolina. It is a handy tool for monitoring the proliferation of polyfluoroalkyl substances in our state over time. North Carolina State University scientists used historical and current pine needle samples. They wanted...

Parents in their prime produce the best offspring

Parents face a trade-off between putting resources into their offspring. They use resources to enhance their chances of survival so they can have more offspring. The allocation of resources depends on age. More experienced parents are better at getting food. They can pass on...

Bees became extinct before they were discovered

Scientists studied stingless bees from East Africa. These were encased in tree resin and copal. The study has been published in the journal The Holocene. Scientists described two new species. They explained that they most likely became extinct prior to their discovery. The coastal forests...

Research uncovers insight for restoration of globally important kelp forests

Oregon State University scientists suggested restoration efforts for kelp forests may be most effective in areas where the bedrock seafloor is highly contoured. The study has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study is important because kelp are under siege from environmental...