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Microbiome, Earth Microbiome Project, Bacteriology, Earth Science, Zoology, Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Marine Biology, freshwater biology, Forestry, Genetics, Environmental Health, data sharing, Open Source

Mapping the Microbiome of … Everything

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In the Earth Microbiome Project, an extensive global team co-led by researchers at University of California San Diego, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory collected more than 27,000 samples from numerous, diverse environments around the globe. They analyzed the unique collections of microbes — the microbiomes — living in each sample to generate the first reference database of bacteria colonizing the planet. Thanks to newly standardized protocols, original analytical methods and open data-sharing, the project will continue to grow and improve as new data are added.

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Global Warming, Climate Change, Fresh Water, Pathogens, Disease, Waterborne Illnesses, Kevin Rose, RPI, Rensselaer, NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center

Climate Change Could Decrease Sun's Ability To Disinfect Lakes

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Increasing organic runoff as a result of climate change may be reducing the penetration of pathogen-killing ultraviolet (UV) sunlight in inland lakes, rivers, and coastal waters, according to a new study in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Palm weevil, invasive animals, UCR, Mafra-Neto, Date Palm, Canary Island, Entomology, Coachella, San Diego, Tijuana

Invasive Weevil Threatens California’s Palm Trees and Date Industry

Effort to stop the spread of invasive South American palm weevil that is devastating palm trees in San Diego County will use environmentally-friendly pheromone formulation.

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EPA, Environment, Science, Public Health, public health and environment

ATS Objects to the EPA’s Move to Silence the Input of Scientists

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Today the EPA announced a new policy regarding who can serve on the agency’s scientific advisory boards. In earlier comments, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had questioned the “independence, and the veracity and the transparency of those recommendations that are coming our way” from scientists who have received EPA research funding.

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Entomology, Wildlife Ecology, Food Webs, Bird Migration, Biological Conservation

Native Trees, Shrubs Provide More Food for Birds

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Planting native trees and shrubs in your yard can really help songbirds. Researchers from the University of Delaware and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center studied the Carolina chickadee around Washington, D.C. and found native trees and shrubs support much more 'bird food' than non-natives do.

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Cannabis, Marijuana, marijuana legalization, Environment, Environmental impact of marijuana farming

New Study Finds Marijuana Farming Hurts Environment

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Planting cannabis for commercial production in remote locations is creating forest fragmentation, stream modification, soil erosion and landslides. Without land-use policies to limit its environmental footprint, the impacts of cannabis farming could get worse, according to a new study published in the November issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

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Climate Change, Emissions, Methane, Sustainability

Don’t Blame Cattle – It’s Humans Who Caused Methane Levels to Skyrocket

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phytobiomes alliance, phytobiomes, University Of Maryland

University of Maryland Joins International Phytobiomes Alliance

The University of Maryland (UMD) has joined the International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research, both organizations announced today

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Sea Level, Home prices, Maryland, Eastern Shore, Delmarva

SU Experts Available to Discuss Potential Economic Impact of Sea Level Rise in Coastal Maryland

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national monuments, President Trump, Ecology, Animals

Sustainability Scientist Says Shrinking National Monuments Will Stress Animals and Change Ecology

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