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Forests can play key role to end global hunger

Trees offer a multitude of ecological services. For instance, they support bees and other pollinators, which are essential for crop production including on farmland. They also provide animal fodder that enables communities to produce meat and milk, and protect streams… read more

Farmers Urge Return of Jaguars to Protect Crops

Cerrado corn crop with peccaries (Photo by Brendan Borrell) Margie Peixoto was driving her pickup across her farm in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul one February afternoon when she spotted some broken corn stalks and a trio… read more

Nectar Helps Bees’ Medicine Go Down

In addition to fuel, nectar from various plant species contains chemical compounds that reduce the numbers of a common gut parasite in bumblebees. Home-based bird watchers might have mixed up a batch of  ‘nectar’  to  attract the feathered objects of… read more

Bees and malnutrition

Loss of pollinators increases risk of malnutrition and disease A new study shows that more than half the people in some developing countries could become newly at risk for malnutrition if crop-pollinating animals — like bees — continue to decline.… read more

Evolution in our time (the lesson)

Thinking of evolution people mostly think of processes of millions of years and exotic and extinct animals like dinosaurs. But evolution happens all the time, maybe even more than before. There are more and more cases showing that we humans… read more