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Forest conservation may be hurting grasslands

Good intentions, collateral damage Tropical grassland biomes often defined … and mismanaged as forests Trees absorb CO2 and trap carbon molecules, and countless are lost as forests are felled around the world. So why not plant as many as we… read more

Fertilizers: ‘one of the three major drivers of ..

TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING Excess nutrients impacting productivity, biodiversity, functioning of grasslands around the world The world’s grasslands are being destabilized by fertilization, according to a paper recently published in the journal Nature. In a study of 41… read more

Decreasing biodiversity affects productivity of re..

When plant biodiversity declines, the remaining plants face diminishing productivity, say scientists in a study published in the journal ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’. “The loss of biodiversity is threatening ecosystem productivity and services worldwide, spurring efforts to… read more

Flowering meadows benefit humankind

The more it swarms, crawls and flies the better it is for humans. This is the finding of a study published in “Nature”. More than 60 researchers from a number of universities were involved, including the Technical University of Munich,… read more

Ice algae: The engine of life in the central Arcti..

Algae that live in and under the sea ice play a much greater role for the Arctic food web than previously assumed. In a new study, biologists of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)… read more