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TB bacteria survive in amoebae found in soil

Scientists have discovered that the bacterium which causes bovine TB can survive and grow in small, single-celled organisms found in soil and dung. It is believed that originally the bacterium evolved to survive in these single-celled organisms known as amoebae and in time progressed to infect and cause TB in larger animals such as cattle.

Why the future of West Virginia's rare flying squirrel looks bright

A tagged West Virginia northern flying squirrel. The species was listed as endangered in 1985, but recovery efforts have been so successful that it was delisted in 2013. (Photo: Corinne Diggins/Virginia Tech) Is the West Virginia northern flying squirrel poised…

Local water availability is permanently reduced after planting forests

River flow is reduced in areas where forests have been planted and does not recover over time, a new study has shown. Rivers in some regions can completely disappear within a decade. This highlights the need to consider the impact on regional water availability, as well as the wider climate benefit, of tree-planting plans.

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Local water availability is permanently reduced after planting forests

River flow is reduced in areas where forests have been planted and does not recover over time, a new study has shown. Rivers in some regions can completely disappear within a decade. This highlights the need to consider the impact on regional water availability, as well as the wider climate benefit, of tree-planting plans.

Did phosphorus-rich lakes help kickstart life on Earth?

The building blocks of life as we know it require chemical reactions involving phosphorus. But phosphorus is scarce on Earth. Where did enough of it come from to fuel life’s start? Carbonate-rich lakes, like Mono Lake in California, might hold a clue.

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New model shows how crop rotation helps combat plant pests

A new computational model shows how different patterns of crop rotation — planting different crops at different times in the same field — can impact long-term yield when the crops are threatened by plant pathogens.

8 things you didn't know about wombats

Wombats are marsupials found only in Australia, but the short, stubby-legged animals are rarely held in the same regard as other native animals like koalas and kangaroos. However, these adorable creatures deserve some much-deserved recognition. In honor of these under-appreciated…

Cyanobacteria in water and on land identified as source of methane

(Forschungsverbund Berlin) Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are among the most common organisms on Earth. A research team led by the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries and Heidelberg University has now shown for the first time that Cyanobacteria produce relevant amounts of methane in oceans, inland waters and on land. Due to climate change, “Cyanobacteria blooms” increase in frequency and extent, amplifying the release of methane from inland waters and oceans to the atmosphere.