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    No more deer in the headlight: Study finds large mammals do use road crossing structures

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Large mammals crossing US Highway 93 are more likely to use wildlife crossing structures than move past a random location in the surrounding habitat, new research shows. The research team also found that animal movement varied between crossing structur… [...]

    Warmer water signals change for Scotland’s shags

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories An increasingly catholic diet among European Shags at one of Scotland’s best-studied breeding colonies has been linked to long-term climate change and may have important implications for Scotland’s seabirds, according to research led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology on November 16 2017. [...]

    Plant respiration could become a bigger feedback on climate than expected

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories New research, led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, suggests that plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warns that as the world warms, this may reduce the ability of Earth’s land surface to absorb emissions due to fossil fuel burning. [...]

    Using eDNA to identify the breeding habitat of endangered species

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Using wide-ranging eDNA analysis combined with traditional collection survey methods, Japanese researchers have identified the breeding site of critically endangered fish species Acheilognathus typus in the mainstream of Omono River in Akita Prefecture, Japan. The findings were published on November 14 in the online edition of The Science of Nature – Naturwissenschaften. [...]

    Conservation call on sawfish nursery

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Murdoch University researchers have identified an important nursery for a critically endangered species of sawfish and are calling for conservation efforts to be focused there. [...]

    New ‘artificial selection’ research findings signal threat for marine environments

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories A new study by Monash biologists has provided fresh insights into the long-standing questions of why animals are of the size they are and what happens when we artificially induce a change in their size. [...]

    Ocean warming signals diet change for European shags

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The diet of European shags has diversified as a result of warming North Sea temperatures according to a new long-term study led by the University of Liverpool and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. [...]

    Researchers expect new fish passage to restore migratory fish populations

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The addition of a nature-like fish passage to a Susquehanna River dam in Pennsylvania should allow migrating fish to more easily reach spawning grounds, according to Penn State researchers. [...]

    The importance of biodiversity in forests could increase due to climate change

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Forests fulfill numerous important functions, and do so particularly well if they have a diversity of trees, according to a new study. As a second study demonstrates, forest managers do not have to decide on the provision of solely one function, such as wood production or nature conservation—several services provided by forest ecosystems can be improved at the same time. Both studies were led by scientists from Leipzig University and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), and published in the prestigious journal Ecology Letters. [...]

    Critics hit US over elephant trophy imports

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The administration of US President Donald Trump faced a barrage of criticism on Thursday from animal rights groups after it authorized the import of Zimbabwean elephant hunting trophies. [...]