A new study from University of Utah researchers suggests that, due to deforestation and habitat degradation, more bird species may be endangered that previously thought - including species that may not have been discovered yet.
Should zoos display legally protected species that have been smuggled out of their range countries? A new study in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Nature Conservation suggests that a pause and rethink may be needed, as it reports that accredited zoos have acquired a rare and legally protected reptile, the earless monitor lizard endemic to Borneo, without any evidence that these animals were legally exported.
Chemical additives used in plastic production have been found in herring gull eggs, new research shows.
Pesticides safeguard agricultural yields by controlling insects, fungi, and weeds. However, they also enter streams and damage the aquatic communities. In a nationwide monitoring program, scientists led by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research have shown that the governmental thresholds for pesticides are too high and that these levels are still exceeded in over 80% of water bodies. The loss of biodiversity can only be halted if the environmental risk assessment of pesticides is revised.
Local rice varieties in Vietnam could be used to help breed improved crops with higher resilience to climate change, according to a new study published in Rice. Earlham Institute researchers are part of an international collaboration with genebanks and rice breeders in Vietnam -- championed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to help abolish world poverty and hunger -- are aiming to identify varieties that can survive an increasingly unpredictable climate.
Conditions during Baltic herring spawning may have cascading effects on the whole Baltic ecosystem.
Just two weeks of citalopram exposure caused changes in crayfish behavior, with the potential to disrupt stream ecosystem processes like nutrient cycling, oxygen levels, and algal growth.
In 2019, on a small island in coastal South Carolina, biologists discovered an animal migration phenomenon that was difficult to believe. Nearly 20,000 whimbrel were stopping at Deveaux Bank along their migration north -- half the estimated eastern population of the declining shorebird.
Killer whales have complex social structures including close "friendships", according to a new study that used drones to film the animals.
A study by University of Rhode Island researchers using a seldom-used methodology turned up many more Eastern spadefoots, an endangered primitive frog, than they expected.