The nocturnal pollinators: Scientists reveal the secret life of moths

Scientists have discovered that moths may play a much broader role as plant pollinators than previously suspected. A joint study from the Universities of York,...

Surviving insects and plants are tougher than we think

Insect pollinators that have survived the impacts of agricultural intensification may have a greater ability to resist future environmental changes than previously thought, a...

Tiny moth from Asia spreading fast on Siberian elms in eastern North America

In 2010, moth collector James Vargo began finding numerous specimens of a hitherto unknown pygmy moth in his light traps on his property in...

Controversial question of species abundance and population density

Inspired by the negative results in the recently published largest-scale analysis of the relation between population density and positions in geographic ranges and environmental...

A roadmap for measuring animal, plant traits to meet biodiversity goals

An international team of researchers has outlined a plan for how to measure changes in key traits of animals and plants and provide these...

Climate change may drive 10 percent of amphibian species in the Atlantic Rainforest to...

Global warming could lead to the extinction of up to 10% of frog and toad species endemic to Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest biome within about...

Beetle adapts chemical mimicry to parasitize different bee species

A beetle that tricks bees into carrying it into their nests where it can live off their pollen, nectar and eggs adapts its deceptions...

Natural mechanism could lower emissions from tropical peatlands

Scientists have long feared that as Earth warms, tropical peatlands -- which store up to 10 percent of the planet's soil carbon -- could...

Global warming pushing alpine species higher and higher

For every one-degree-Celsius increase in temperature, mountaintop species shift upslope 100 metres, shrinking their inhabited area and resulting in dramatic population declines, new research...

Bees coordinate strategy for defending colony

The Brazilian stingless bee Tetragonisca angustula (jataí in Portuguese) deploys a different strategy for defending its nests from other social insect species. In addition to posting...

Reducing nitrogen inputs prevents algal blooms in lakes

For decades, experts have debated whether reducing the amount of nitrogen flowing into lakes can improve water quality in the long-term, even though blue-green...

Alpine ecosystems struggle to recover from nitrogen deposition

What happens to high mountain ecosystems when you take away air pollution? Not much, not very quickly. A new CU research study finds that...

Adapt, move or die: how biodiversity reacted to past climate change

A new paper reviews current knowledge on climate change and biodiversity. In the past, plants and animals reacted to environmental changes by adapting, migrating...

Biologist finds new, more accurate way of monitoring bird populations

A new method of monitoring bird populations uses the power of statistics to produce more accurate estimates of bird abundance, according to new research...

Mapping trees can help count endangered lemurs

The vast majority of lemur species are on the edge of extinction, experts warn. But not every lemur species faces a grim future. There...