Cycling professor makes the Great Lakes his classroom

By David Poulson New book looks at a professor’s journey around the Great Lakes on bike. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Sandhill cranes could be hunted if legislators get their way

By Marie Orttenburger Some lawmakers want to reverse a hundred years of conservation and allow hunting of Michigan’s sandhill crane. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Tropical tree roots represent an underappreciated carbon pool

Estimates of the carbon stored by tropical forests rarely take tree roots into consideration. Scientists report that almost 30 percent of the total biomass of tropical trees may be in the roots. Source: Invasive Species News...

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An evolving sticky situation

While many animals try to avoid sticky situations, lizards evolved to seek them out. An evolutionary biologist shows how different groups of lizards — geckos and anoles — took two completely different evolutionary paths to developing the beneficial trait of sticky toe pads. Source: Invasive Species News...

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New way to prevent genetically engineered and unaltered organisms from producing offspring

A major obstacle to applying genetic engineering to benefit humans and the environment is the risk that organisms whose genes have been altered might produce offspring with their natural counterparts, releasing the novel genes into the wild. Now, researchers have developed a promising way to prevent such interbreeding. The approach, called ‘synthetic...

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Holiday season underway for Michigan’s Christmas tree growers

By Guest Contributor By the end of October, Michigan tree farmers will be harvesting trees and shipping them to stores and Christmas tree lots in several states. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Bycatch responsible for decline of endangered New Zealand sea lion

Getting caught in fishing nets is a major cause of death for the increasingly endangered New Zealand sea lion, according to new research. Source: Invasive Species News...

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Removing invasive plants can increase biodiversity in stream waters

Restoration projects to remove invasive plants can make a positive impact on native plant species. But a new study shows restoration has an additional benefit. Removal of invasive species growing alongside a stream or river can also improve the biodiversity of aquatic organisms. Source: Invasive Species News...

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Michigan set to renew groundwater rule for toxic chemical

By Guest Contributor The current rules expire on Oct. 27, which could create an environmental problem for the state. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Forest grazing counteracts the effectiveness of trees to reduce flood risk

Planting trees can reduce flood risk, but a high intensity forest land use, such as grazing, can counteract the positive effect of the trees, a recently published study suggests. The study investigated the rate that water infiltrated the soil under trees at an experimental agroforestry site in Scotland. Source: Invasive Species News...

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