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Incidental by-catch of marine turtles in the Mediterranean Sea

Incidental by-catch of marine turtles in the Mediterranean Sea

When a marine turtle is incidentally by-caught by a longliner, fishermen try to cut the line — without hauling it on board — and release the turtle into the sea. However, a research published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series alerts that about 40% of post-released turtles die some months later due to the […]

Mutations in mantled howler provoked by disturbances in habitat

Mutations in mantled howler provoked by disturbances in habitat

The disturbances of the habitat could be affecting the populations of the mantled howler, or golden-mantled howling monkey, (Alouatta palliate Mexicana) who in an extreme case could be developing mutations that make them less resistant to diseases and climate events, reveled by a study of the Ecology Institute. Juan Carlos Serio Silva, head of the […]

Ученые разработали новые сорбенты, которые эффективно извлекают уран из морской воды

Ученые разработали новые сорбенты, которые эффективно извлекают уран из морской воды

Добыча урана для атомной промышленности наносит огромный ущерб окружающей среде, который становится все более серьезным по мере такого, как запасы урана истощаются. С учетом этого выделение урана из морской воды было бы гораздо более экологически чистой альтернативой. В последнем журнале Angewandte Chemie была опубликована статья, в котором американские эксперты описали способ производства новых высокоэффективных адсорбционных […]

How scavenging fungi became a plant’s best friend

How scavenging fungi became a plant’s best friend

Glomeromycota is an ancient lineage of fungi that has a symbiotic relationship with roots that goes back nearly 420 million years to the earliest plants. More than two thirds of the world’s plants depend on this soil-dwelling symbiotic fungus to survive, including critical agricultural crops such as wheat, cassava, and rice. The analysis of the […]

Large study shows pollution impact on coral reefs, and offers solution

Large study shows pollution impact on coral reefs, and offers solution

One of the largest and longest experiments ever done to test the impact of nutrient loading on coral reefs today confirmed what scientists have long suspected — that this type of pollution from sewage, agricultural practices or other sources can lead to coral disease and bleaching. A three-year, controlled exposure of corals to elevated levels […]

The last croak for Darwin’s frog?

The last croak for Darwin’s frog?

Deadly amphibian disease chytridiomycosis has caused the extinction of Darwin’s frogs, believe scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB), Chile. Although habitat disturbance is recognised as the main threat to the two existing species of Darwin’s frogs (the northern Rhinoderma rufum endemic to Chile, and the southern Rhinoderma darwinii […]

Biologist develops method for monitoring shipping noise in dolphin habitat

Biologist develops method for monitoring shipping noise in dolphin habitat

A biologist in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences has developed a system of techniques for tracking ships and monitoring underwater noise levels in a protected marine mammal habitat. The techniques are the subject of a groundbreaking article in Marine Pollution Bulletin, focusing on the bottlenose dolphin population in Scotland’s Moray Firth. Nathan Merchant, […]

Филиппины будут сажать больше мангровых деревьев для защиты от тайфунов

Филиппины будут сажать больше мангровых деревьев для защиты от тайфунов

Как сообщили официальные лица Филиппин в минувшее воскресенье, в стране планируется масштабная посадка мангровых лесов, в целях предотвращения повторения смертельных штормовых волн, как тех, которые унесли сотни жизней во время супер-тайфуна Хайянь в начале этакого месяца. Пресс-секретарь Президента Филлипин, Бениньо Акино Эрминио Колома говорит, что это решение является частью «комплексной программы по охране окружающей среды», […]

Captive breeding for thousands of years has impaired olfactory functions in silkmoths

Captive breeding for thousands of years has impaired olfactory functions in silkmoths

Domesticated silkmoths Bombyx mori have a much more limited perception of environmental odours compared to their wild relatives. A new study on silkmoths revealed that the insects’ ability to perceive environmental odours has been reduced after about 5000 years of domestication by humans. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, […]

Corals surviving ocean’s pollution

Corals surviving ocean’s pollution

Unlike other marine species, the corals are still capable of adapting under current circumstances of sea acidification, reveled by researchers at the Center of Biological Research of the Northeast (Cibnor). «The first models indicated that the coral reefs would disappear midcentury, but our study reveals that corals are adapting to the ocean’s acidification that has […]

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