Is that mulch really cypress? Maybe some of it

People buy cypress mulch for rot resistance and other qualities, but new research finds that the label on the bag may be a lie.

Jeff Mulhollem-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 2, 2020 ~6 min

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New wasp may be a parasite of a parasite

Researchers have discovered a new species of wasp with a role in an insect horror story playing out on the stems and leaves of oak trees.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~10 min

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AI counts 1.8 billion trees in Sahara Desert

There are more trees in the West African Sahara Desert that you might think, according to a study that used artificial intelligence and satellite imagery.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 22, 2020 ~6 min

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Gardens help towns and cities beat countryside for tree cover

A survey of tree cover in England and Wales throws up a few surprises.

Oct. 17, 2020 ~5 min

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Multiple droughts can be a mixed bag for forests

When multiple droughts build on each other, they affect forests differently than one drought alone. Researchers are beginning to understand how and why.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

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85% more peanut allergy anaphylaxis in kids on Halloween

Kids are much more likely to experience anaphylaxis from a nut allergy on Halloween and Easter than on other holidays, research finds.

Liz Goodfellow-Futurity • futurity
Oct. 9, 2020 ~4 min

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Evolution on the smallest of scales smooths out the patchwork patterns of where plants and animals live

Local adaptation allows plants and animals to thrive in a diversity of places. Sometimes adaptation sharpens patterns of where organisms live, but 85% of the time, it creates a more homogeneous world.

Mark C. Urban, Director, Center of Biological Risk; Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~10 min

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National Trust suffers 'worst year' for ash dieback

The late frost and dry spring has created a 'perfect storm' for disease spread, the charity says.

By Mark Kinver • bbcnews
Oct. 2, 2020 ~3 min

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The world's southernmost tree hangs on in one of the windiest places on Earth – but climate change is shifting those winds

A team of researchers found the southernmost tree and forest on Earth at the extreme tip of South America. Wind limits where trees grow on Isla Hornos and those wind patterns are shifting.

Brian Buma, Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology, University of Colorado Denver • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~6 min

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The testimony of trees: how volcanic eruptions shaped 2000 years of world history

Researchers have shown that over the past two thousand years, volcanoes have played a larger role in natural temperature variability than previously thought,

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 28, 2020 ~6 min

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