Tropical peat swamps: Restoration of endangered carbon reservoirs

University of Göttingen press release According to current knowledge, the land biosphere absorbs 30% of the CO2 produced by humans and thus contributes significantly to reducing global warming. Tropical peat swamp forests are among the most important terrestrial carbon reservoirs, but they are increasingly being cleared. Data on their regenerative capacity have so far been…

Press Release: NAU researchers quantify nutritional value of soil fungi to the Serengeti food web

Northern Arizona University press release – written by Kerry Bennett (Office of the Vice President for Research) The complex Serengeti ecosystem, which spans 12,000 square miles extending from northern Tanzania into southwestern Kenya, is home to millions of animals, including 70 species of large mammals. It is a hotspot for mammal diversity—including herbivores such as wildebeest,…

Press release: Higher plant species richness may not be enough to protect ecosystems from the worst impacts of climate extremes

University of Antwerp press release Studies on mild fluctuations in weather have provided support for the idea that higher biodiversity results in more stable functioning of ecosystems, but critical appraisal of the evidence from extreme event studies is lacking. Higher plant species richness is not always sufficient to reduce ecosystem vulnerability to climate extremes, as…

It takes a microclimate to raise a pinyon tree

Colorado State University press release With all the discussion about global climate change effects, new research published in Journal of Ecology shows that another kind of climate is an important factor in regional pinyon pine tree recovery after drought events – the microclimate. Microclimates are localized climates found within a larger one, like that of…

How do pine trees guard against drought?

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) press release Do young pines build up food reserves at the expense of growth to enable them to survive longer in the event of a drought? This controversial hypothesis is refuted by a new study carried out by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow…