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Public Release: 6-Jul-2015
ZooKeys
Big city life: New leafhopper species found on a threatened grass in New Jersey
Hidden in the New Jersey Pine Barrens near the northeastern megalopolis that extends from New York City to Washington, D.C., a previously unknown species of the North American leafhopper genus Flexamia was recently discovered by Andrew Hicks from the Museum of Natural History at the University of Colorado. The charismatic insect is the first one to have been reported from the threatened pinebarren smokegrass, Muhlenbergia torreyana. The research available on the open-access journal ZooKeys.

Contact: Dr. Andrew Hicks
Andrew.Hicks@colorado.edu
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 6-Jul-2015
Nature Climate Change
Tundra study uncovers impact of climate warming in the Arctic
Significant changes in one of the Earth's most important ecosystems are not only a symptom of climate change, but may fuel further warming, research suggests.
International Arctic Science Committee

Contact: Catriona Kelly
Catriona.Kelly@ed.ac.uk
44-131-651-4401
University of Edinburgh

Public Release: 6-Jul-2015
Environmental Research Letters
Perennial biofuel crops' water consumption similar to corn
Converting large tracts of the Midwest's marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water between rainfall, evaporation and movement of soil water to groundwater.
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

Contact: Layne Cameron
layne.cameron@cabs.msu.edu
517-353-8819
Michigan State University

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Michigan State University research shows that perennial crops' evapotranspiration did not differ greatly from corn -- a finding that contrasts sharply with earlier studies.

Contact: Layne Cameron
layne.cameron@cabs.msu.edu
517-353-8819
Michigan State University

Willow Shrubs in Yukon Territory, Canada

Willow Shrubs in Yukon Territory, Canada
Willow shrubs growing near to their elevational limits in the mountains of the Kluane Region of the Yukon Territory, Canada.

Contact: Catriona Kelly
Catriona.Kelly@ed.ac.uk
44-131-651-4401
University of Edinburgh

Growth Rings in Tundra Willow Shrub

Growth Rings in Tundra Willow Shrub
Scientists are using ring growth data, like these shown in a willow shrub, to assess the age and growth of shrubs in a huge study of the Arctic tundra.

Contact: Catriona Kelly
Catriona.Kelly@ed.ac.uk
44-131-651-4401
University of Edinburgh

 

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