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Increased carbon dioxide enhances plankton growth, opposite of what was expected
(Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences) Coccolithophores have been increasing in relative abundance in the North Atlantic over the last 45 years, as carbon input into ocean waters has increased. Their relative abundance has increased 10 times -- an order of magnitude -- during this sampling period. This finding was diametrically opposed to what scientists had expected since coccolithophores make their plates out of calcium carbonate, which is becoming more difficult as the ocean becomes more acidic and pH is reduced.

Rapid plankton growth in ocean seen as sign of carbon dioxide loading
(Johns Hopkins University) A microscopic marine alga is thriving in the North Atlantic to an extent that defies scientific predictions, suggesting swift environmental change as a result of increased carbon dioxide in the ocean.

Don't forget plankton in climate change models, says study
(University of Exeter) Globally, phytoplankton absorb as much carbon dioxide as tropical rainforests and so understanding the way they respond to a warming climate is crucial.

Shedding light on oil behaviors before the next spill
(New Jersey Institute of Technology) A comprehensive scientific report released today by The Royal Society of Canada has concluded that there are still critical research gaps hampering efforts to both assess the environmental impacts of crude oil spills and to effectively remediate them.

Estimate the growth of vines using a system that measures infrared radiation emision
(Elhuyar Fundazioa) The Basque Institute of Agricultural Research and Development Neiker Tecnalia has tested the effectiveness of an innovative system to estimate vegetative growth in vines by measuring the infrared radiation emission of the plants. The method is known as the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index and estimates the vegetative growth of plants by measuring the solar radiation that plants reflect in the red and near-infrared band of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Five MU faculty members named as Fellows of the AAAS
(University of Missouri-Columbia) Five faculty members from the University of Missouri have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They join 347 other distinguished scientists who have been awarded this honor by AAAS this year because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The MU faculty members elected as fellows are: David Pintel, Randall Prather, Michael Roberts, Dong Xu and Yuwen Zhang.

Dartmouth expert available to discuss dire state of ocean fisheries
(Dartmouth College) Dartmouth scholar D.G. Webster, an expert in marine policy and environmental governance and economics, is available to discuss the perilous state of the world's ocean fisheries.

Lidar scanning can help identify structurally heterogeneous forest areas
(University of Eastern Finland) The inequality of tree sizes in a forest is an important factor affecting its structure and ecology. Forest management practices favoring natural regeneration can result in greater heterogeneity and complexity of forests. A recent study from the University of Eastern Finland analyzed the most suitable indicators for expressing size differences among neighboring trees and developed methods to obtain these indicators using the lidar technology.

New study suggests angler education can benefit sharks
(University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science) A new study finds fisher education can help protect vulnerable shark populations. The research, led by University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science scientists, showed that recreational anglers were more supportive of shark management and conservation if they had prior knowledge of shark conservation.

Cichlid fish view unfamiliar faces longer, from further distance than familiar faces
(PLOS) Fish viewed digital models with unfamiliar fish faces longer and from a further distance than models with familiar faces, according to a study published Nov. 25, 2015, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Masanori Kohda from the Osaka City University, Japan and colleagues.

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