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Wildlife face ‘Armageddon’ as forests shrink

Wildlife face ‘Armageddon’ as forests shrink

Species living in rainforest fragments could be far more likely to disappear than was previously thought, says an international team of scientists. In a study spanning two decades, the researchers witnessed the near-complete extinction of native small mammals on forest islands created by a large hydroelectric reservoir in Thailand. «It was like ecological Armageddon,» said […]

Microbes facilitate the persistence, spread of invasive plant species by changing soil chemistry

Microbes facilitate the persistence, spread of invasive plant species by changing soil chemistry

Invasive species are among the world’s greatest threats to native species and biodiversity. Once invasive plants become established, they can alter soil chemistry and shift nutrient cycling in an ecosystem. This can have important impacts not only on plant composition, diversity, and succession within a community, but also in the cycling of critical elements like […]