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3 October 2017

Tropical diversity takes root in relationships between fungi and seeds [Phys]

A team led by Smithsonian scientists in Panama exposed a key to understanding tropical tree diversity by studying how fungi interact with seeds that linger in the ground. Despite a smorgasbord of species available to choose from, tropical fungi and seeds are picky about associating with one another. Early pairings with a particular fungus may influence whether a seed survives and also may help explain how tropical forests remain so diverse.

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3 October 2017

Parakeet Invasion of Mexico Driven by Europe’s Ban on Bird Imports [Nature - News]

Attempts to stop the spread of bird flu and protect wildlife had unintended consequences.

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3 October 2017

Toad Tadpoles Turn Homegrown Poisons on One Another [Scientific American]

Young amphibians are the first animals thought to use toxins against rivals of their own species.

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3 October 2017

Putting ecology theory to work: trends and opportunities in ecological restoration [The Applied Ecologist’s blog]

Community ecology and restoration ecology are often considered complementary fields. Ecologists recognize that the science of ecology provides solid conceptual foundations on which to construct hypothesis-driven restoration research. By extension, restoration offers unique opportunities to empirically test those foundations while simultaneously addressing urgent environmental issues.

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28 September 2017

Emerging infectious disease threatens Darwin’s frog with extinction [Zoological Society of London]

The Darwin’s frog (Rhinoderma darwinii) is the latest amphibian species to face extinction due to the global chytridiomycosis pandemic, according to an international study published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B.

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