End of Colombia conflict may bring new threats to ecosystems

More than 50 years of internal conflict in Colombia have left behind roughly 8 million victims, including 220,000 dead. Now the country is in...

Researchers model tree species distributions in Amazonia

Researchers from the Amazon Research Team of the University of Turku have succeeded in producing distribution maps for a selection of important tropical tree...

Tree species richness in Amazonian wetlands greater than expected

Throughout the alluvial plains of Amazonia, there are immense forests that are flooded for almost half the year. These Amazonian wetlands encompass a wide...

Research determines reasons for massive fires in south-central Chile

A Montana State University-led team has discovered several reasons why massive fires continue to burn through south-central Chile. Besides low humidity, high winds and extreme...

Why are tropical forests so diverse?

Ecologists have long struggled to explain why tropical forests have so many different species of trees. One dominant theory to emerge contends that each...

Species-rich forests better compensate environmental impacts

Forest ecosystems are elementary for a climatic balance. Countries such as China have recognized this fact; for years, they have been conducting extensive afforestation...

In the eastern US, adult trees adapt and acclimate to local climate

Trees growing in temperate forests in the eastern US show strong adaptation or acclimation to local climate. So reports a new study that analyzed...

Bird communities dwindle on New Mexico’s Pajarito Plateau

Researchers have found declines in the number and diversity of bird populations at nine sites surveyed in northern New Mexico, where eight species vanished...

Frequent fires make droughts harder for young trees, even in wet eastern forests

Forests in the eastern United States may have had it easy compared to their western counterparts, with the intense, prolonged droughts and wildfires that...

Model way to protect trees

Oak processionary moth and ash dieback are among the most notorious tree pests and diseases introduced into the UK. And many exotic pests and...

Extending palm oil production in Africa threatens primate conservation

Future expansion of the palm oil industry could have a dramatic impact on African primates, according to the findings of a new study led...

Lichen is losing to wildfire, years after flames are gone

As increasingly hot and severe wildfires scorch the West, some lichen communities integral to conifer forests aren't returning, even years after the flames have...

Tropical birds benefit from more forest by rivers in oil palm areas

Protected riverbank habitats within areas of oil palm cultivation can play a key role in reducing the negative impacts on tropical bird numbers but...

Animals and fungi enhance the performance of forests

A new study shows that, in addition to the diversity of tree species, the variety of animal and fungus species also has a decisive...

Tropical treetops are warming, putting sensitive species at risk

The vaulted canopies that tower above Earth's rich tropical forests could be especially vulnerable to climate change-related temperature increases, according to a new report...