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Biodiversity can also destabilize ecosystems

Ecosystems have a variety of benefits: They provide us with food, water and other resources, as well as recreational space. It is therefore even...

Multiple facets of biodiversity reduce variability of grassland biomass production

A new study shows that, in addition to species richness, plant evolutionary history plays a critical role in regulating year-to-year variation of biomass production...

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...

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...

Australian marine heatwave shakes up coral reef animal populations

Research published in Nature describes upheaval among fish and invertebrate communities after a marine heatwave hit Australia's Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea in early 2016. The...

Raiding the rape field

Oilseed rape fields are home to a variety of insects that bother farmers. The pollen beetle is one of them. The beetle's larvae feed...

Mixed forests: Ecologically and economically superior

Mixed forests are more productive than monocultures. This is true on all five continents, and particularly in regions with high precipitation. These findings from...