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26 October 2017

Artificial lighting along banks of rivers and lakes alters riparian ecology [The Freshwater Blog]

Artificial lighting beside rivers and lakes can significantly alter the dynamics of aquatic insect populations and their predators, according to a new study. The findings of a new open-access paper published in Frontiers in Environmental Science show how nocturnal lighting along waterways attracts large numbers of insects, which in turn attracts predators such as spiders.

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26 October 2017

À propos du rôle des plumes dans la digestion chez les grèbes [Ornithomedia]

Selon un article publié en 2017 dans le Wilson Journal of Ornithology, la formation de pelotes serait une conséquence et non la cause de l’ingestion de plumes.

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26 October 2017

’Wing prints’ may identify individual bats as effectively as fingerprints identify people [Phys]

Research by a USDA Forest Service scientist and her partners may solve a longtime problem in bat research by demonstrating that bats’ wings are as reliable a method of identifying individual bats as fingerprints are for human beings.

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26 October 2017

Tracking a parasite that’s ravaging fish [Phys]

In Switzerland – not to mention the rest of Europe and the United States – freshwater fish are falling victim to a deadly disease that is rampant in the summer and dormant in the winter. It is caused by a parasite that thrives in rivers and attacks salmonid fish in particular. Researchers from EPFL, EAWAG and FIWI have come up with a mathematical model for predicting outbreaks as part of a three-year joint research program.

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25 October 2017

Biodiversity research requires more boots on the ground [Nature Ecology & Evolution - Comment]

Our incomplete taxonomic knowledge impedes our attempts to protect biodiversity. A renaissance in the classification of species and their interactions is needed to guide conservation prioritization.

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