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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...

Species-rich forests store twice as much carbon as monocultures

In 2009, BEF-China began as a unique forest biodiversity experiment in collaboration between institutions in China, Germany and Switzerland. The large-scale project investigated the...

Primary tropical forests are best but regrowing forests are also vital to biodiversity

Even after 40 years of recovery, secondary forests remain species and carbon-poor compared to undisturbed primary forests, a new study reveals. However these secondary forests...

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...

Abandoned farmlands enrich bird communities

Abandoned farmlands hold potential for the preservation of wetland and grassland birds as rehabilitation zones. Agriculture and conversion of pristine lands into urban or industrial...

Frigid polar oceans, not balmy coral reefs, are species-formation hot spots

Tropical oceans teem with the dazzle and flash of colorful reef fishes and contain far more species than the cold ocean waters found at...

Climate change in Quebec equals a much greater diversity of species?

A team of researchers believe that, paradoxically, climate change may result in Quebec's national and provincial parks becoming biodiversity refuges of continental importance as...

Introduced species overlooked in biodiversity reporting

Nature is intimately connected with human well-being of current and future generations - which is why an array of reports track the state of...

Crowded urban areas have fewer songbirds per person

People in crowded urban areas - especially poor areas - see fewer songbirds such as tits and finches, and more potential "nuisance" birds, such...

Increase of plant species on mountains is accelerating with global warming

Over the past 10 years, the number of plant species on European mountain tops has increased by five-times more than during the period 1957-66....

Is accurate estimation of biodiversity possible globally?

We know remarkably little about the diversity of life on Earth, which makes it hard to know with any certainty whether we're succeeding in...

Forests with more biodiversity perform better

Forests fulfill numerous important functions, and do so particularly well if they are rich in different species of trees. This is the result of...

Seagrass biodiversity is both a goal and a means for restoration

Coral reefs, seagrass meadows and mangrove forests work together to make theĀ Coral TriangleĀ of Indonesia a hotspot for marine biodiversity. The system supports valuable fisheries...

Reduced impact logging still harms biodiversity in tropical rainforests

More than 403 million hectares of tropical forests worldwide have been earmarked for timber concessions with selective logging a common economic activity. The Brazilian...