Duck faeces shed light on plant seed dispersal

Mallards are among the most abundant and widespread duck species in the world, yet little attention has been paid to date to their role in spreading plant seeds. A new study in the Journal of Ecology reveals a number of plants that were not previously known to be part of the diet of waterbirds. Source: Invasive Species News...

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New alien species invasions still rising globally

Up to 16 percent of all species on Earth could qualify as potential alien species and if they invade new regions, impacts will be difficult to predict. Source: Invasive Species News...

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Controlling fire ants with natural compounds

New research has identified natural, plant-derived that repel fire ants. These compounds, including one found in cinnamon, work by activating a type of ion channel highly expressed in the antennae and leg of one of the world’s most invasive insect species. Source: Invasive Species News...

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Could Great Lakes fungi and Cheerios lead to cancer cure?

By Jack Nissen Scientists knew very little about fungus in the Great Lakes until this research. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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New research tackles Great Lakes regional problems

By Eric Freedman New book edited by Eric Freedman and Mark Neuzil offers in-depth look at groundbreaking research that may shape the future of the ecologically unique and economically vital Great Lakes basin. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Michigan cranks up testing deer for chronic wasting disease

By Guest Contributor The Michigan DNR has been ramping up its testing of deer for chronic wasting disease, including new testing efforts in Montcalm, Mecosta and Kent counties. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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Even small changes within an ecosystem can have detrimental effects

A mutualistic relationship between species in an ecosystem allows for the ecosystem to thrive, but the lack of this relationship could lead to the collapse of the entire system. New research reveals that interactions between relatively small organisms are crucial to mutualistic relationships in an ecosystem dominated by much larger organisms, including trees and...

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Comprehensive study on Atlantic Forest mammals

The Atlantic Forest, the second most biodiverse forest system in South America (after the Amazon), once covered roughly 463,000 square miles of habitat. Today, only 8-12 percent of this original habitat space remains. Ninety-six co-authors compiled trait information on 39,850 individuals from 279 different mammal species and 388 separate populations into a single,...

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The disappearance of common species

Scientists were able to show that currently widespread insects are threatened with a serious decline in species diversity in the near future. The research team lists fragmentation of habitats and intensification of agriculture as reasons for the decline of these ‘generalists.’ Source: Invasive Species News...

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Push on to improve conservation education

By Guest Contributor Public schools don’t focus enough attention on teaching about conservation as part of the science curricula, a DNR expert and Michigan United Conservation Clubs say. Source: Great Lakes Echo...

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