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Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050
(McGill University) It is possible to significantly reduce water scarcity in just over 35 years, according to researchers from McGill University and Utrecht University. In a new paper in Nature Geoscience, they outline strategies in six key areas that they believe can be combined in different ways in different parts of the world in order to effectively reduce water stress by 2050.

Ready for mating at the right time
(Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology) Fish rely on pheromones to trigger social responses and to coordinate reproductive behavior in males and females. Scientists at the Marine Science Center at the University of the Algarve in Faro, Portugal, and at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, have now identified such a signal molecule in the urine of male Mozambique tilapia: this pheromone boosts hormone production and accelerates oocyte maturation in reproductive females.

Not all phytoplankton in the ocean need to take their vitamins
(Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) Some species of marine phytoplankton, such as the prolific bloomer Emiliania huxleyi, can grow without consuming vitamin B1 (thiamine), researchers have discovered.

Prions can trigger 'stuck' wine fermentations, researchers find
(University of California - Davis) A biochemical communication system that crosses from bacteria to yeast, making use of prions, has been discovered. It is responsible for a chronic winemaking problem known as 'stuck fermentation' and may also have implications for better understanding metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, in humans.

Mobile app makes ID of harmful plants, insects in Texas a snap
(University of Texas at Austin) A free mobile app from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center helps ID harmful organisms in Texas.

Fred Baxendale selected as Honorary Member of the Entomological Society of America
(Entomological Society of America) The Entomological Society of America is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Fred Baxendale, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as an Honorary Member of the Society.

Study finds marine protected areas inadequate for protecting fish and ocean ecology
(Wildlife Conservation Society) A new study reports that an expansion of marine protected areas is needed to protect fish species that perform key ecological functions. According to investigators from the Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations, previous efforts at protecting fish have focused on saving the largest numbers of species, often at the expense of those species that provide key and difficult-to-replace ecological functions.

Together, humans and computers can figure out the plant world
(American Journal of Botany) Recent research applying bioinformatics and biometrics to the study of plant form and function is presented in a special issue on Bioinformatic and Biometric Methods in Plant Morphology, published in Applications in Plant Sciences. The methods presented in the issue include automated classification and identification, a new online pollen database with semantic search capabilities, geometric morphometrics, and skeleton networks, and present a picture of a renaissance in morphometric approaches that capitalize on recent technological advances.

Study shows where on the planet new roads should and should not go
(University of Cambridge) Researchers have created a 'large-scale zoning plan' that aims to limit the environmental costs of road expansion while maximizing its benefits for human development.

BMC Ecology Image Competition winners reveal the private lives of animals and plants
(BioMed Central) Out in the field, ecologists get a chance to see intimate moments in the lives of the animals and plants they study. We are proud to announce the winners of the BMC Ecology Image Competition, which capture the beauty of ecological interactions and reflect scientists' affinity with their subjects.

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