Emerald Ash Borer May Become a Problem for Olive Growers

Emerald Ash Borer May Become a Problem for Olive Growers

In October 2014, researchers at Wright State University discovered that an invasive insect called the emerald ash borer (EAB) was attacking white fringetrees (Chionanthus virginicus) in addition to ash trees. This was big news at the time. The EAB had already killed tens of millions of ash trees, and the fact that it could harm another species made it even more devastating. Now the same researchers have found that the EAB can also successfully complete development on olive trees.

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Emerald Ash Borer May Become a Problem for Olive Growers

Emerald Ash Borer May Become a Problem for Olive Growers

In October 2014, researchers at Wright State University discovered that an invasive insect called the emerald ash borer (EAB) was attacking white fringetrees (Chionanthus virginicus) in addition to ash trees. This was big news at the time. The EAB had already killed tens of millions of ash trees, and the fact that it could harm another species made it even more devastating. Now the same researchers have found that the EAB can also successfully complete development on olive trees.

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West Antarctica Begins to Destabilize With ‘Intense Unbalanced Melting’

West Antarctica Begins to Destabilize With ‘Intense Unbalanced Melting’

"The bottom of the world has drawn increased scrutiny from scientists over the last few years, as West Antarctic ice loss in some places shows signs of becoming “unstoppable.” There’s enough water locked up in West Antarctica’s Amundsen Sea region alone to raise the global average sea level by four feet, and it’s the fastest-melting spot on the continent." By Eric Roston.

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Scientists call for breaching dams to save Puget Sound orcas

Scientists call for breaching dams to save Puget Sound orcas

Researchers who track the endangered population of orcas that frequent Washington state waters said Friday that three whales are missing or believed dead since summer. The most recent death of a 23-year-old female known as J28 and likely her 10-month-old calf drops the current population to 80, among the lowest in decadesBy Phuong Le.

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Even 1 tree adds biodiversity to in-between areas

Even 1 tree adds biodiversity to in-between areas

On a gradient from pristine wilderness to a parking lot, most species live in the middle. After extensive observations, mapping, and analysis, researchers from Stanford University have now generated a method of estimating biodiversity based on tree cover. The analysis showed adding a single tree to pasture could boost, for example, the number of bird species from near zero to 80.

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