Studies show oyster reef restoration can work out well — given enough time

Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) reefs in the U.S.Research has shown that oyster restoration projects in the U.S. have been largely successful, but ecosystem benefits may take decades to fully emerge. In a study published in Conservation Biology, scientists synthesized data on the restoration of eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) reefs in the U.S. They found that such projects improved the local ecosystem by […]

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Ethiopia used chemicals to kill locusts. Billions of honeybees disappeared

Between 2019 and 2021, swarms of desert locusts̨ swept across the Horn of Africa and East Africa. In response, the worst-affected countries, Kenya and Ethiopia, sprayed millions of hectares of cropland and pastures with chemical pesticides. A new study now finds the chemical spraying coincided with a steep decline in honey production in Ethiopia. Co-author […]

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Philippine tribe boosts livelihoods and conservation with civet poop coffee

The cat-sized Philippine palm civet (Paradoxurus philippinensis).MINDANAO, Philippines — For about two decades now, members of the B’laan ethnic group have combed the forest-clad slopes of Mount Matutum from September to January, seeking out the beans pooped out by the cat-sized Philippine palm civet (Paradoxurus philippinensis). While animal feces may be an unlikely source of joy, members of the tribal community […]

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