Hunting elephants is really bad for termites

A tiny termite might see an elephant's foot as a threat but losing herbivores to hunting may cause even more problems for them.

Jeff Falk-Rice | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment africa conservation ecosystems insects rainforests termites

Tiny pest-eaters benefit from smaller farm fields

"...natural enemies can be more abundant when agricultural landscapes are made up of smaller farm fields." Natural enemies mean fewer pests eating crops.

U. Michigan | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture ecosystems insects pests shapes spiders

New ecology theory describes ‘frenemy’ networks

"There's mounting evidence that different species pay attention to each other in the wild, especially if they share predators."

Andy Fell-UC Davis | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology biodiversity competition ecosystems predators

Tool predicts which nonnative insects will go rogue

Scientists often don't know which nonnative insect will emerge as the next harmful invader. A new strategy uses evolutionary history to find out.

Michelle Ma-Washington | Oct. 21, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment ecosystems insects invasive-species prediction trees

Moose eat 40 pounds a day but stay picky

Moose require lots of food to keep moving, but they're surprisingly selective about the plants they eat. Here's how researchers found that out.

Liz Goodfellow-Futurity | Sept. 3, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology decisions ecosystems mammals plants wolves

Babies change where groups of giraffes hang out

Groups of giraffes that include calves make different choices about where to spend time than all-adult groups, mainly to avoid predators.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State | Aug. 30, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation ecosystems herbivores predators

Grooming for ‘natural beauty’ messes up beach biodiversity

Attempts to turn Southern California beaches into Instagram-worthy tourist hot spots are stripping them of their biodiversity, a new study shows.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB | Aug. 5, 2019 | futurity
~9 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment beaches biodiversity ecosystems oceans

Sea urchins aren’t just ‘bad guys’

Sea urchins have gotten a bad rap as destroyers of giant kelp forests, but they may help their ecosystems a lot more than they hurt them.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | July 17, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment ecosystems giant-kelp oceans urchin

Sea star and lobster poop keep kelp forests lush

Giant kelp forests offer safe haven to all sorts of invertebrates. A new study shows those creatures give the kelp something in return.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | June 26, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment ecosystems giant-kelp lobsters nitrogen oceans plants

Sea star and lobster poop keep kelp forests lush

Giant kelp forests offer safe haven to all sorts of invertebrates. A new study shows those creatures give the kelp something in return.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | June 26, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment ecosystems giant-kelp lobsters nitrogen oceans plants

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