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January 30, 2013
Wood on the seafloor - an oasis for deep-sea life
Bremen, Germany (SPX) Jan 28, 2013
Trees do not grow in the deep sea, nevertheless sunken pieces of wood can develop into oases for deep-sea life - at least temporarily until the wood is fully degraded. A team of Max Planck researchers from Germany now showed how sunken wood can develop into attractive habitats for a variety of microorganisms and invertebrates. By using underwater robot technology, they confirmed their hypothesis that animals from hot and cold seeps would be attracted to the wood due to the activity of bacteria, wh ... read more
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Scarecrow gene might trigger big boost in food production
With projections of 9.5 billion people by 2050, humanity faces the challenge of feeding modern diets to additional mouths while using the same amounts of water, fertilizer and arable land as today. ... more

Plants adapt to drought but limits are looming
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Hailstones reveal life in a storm cloud
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Dartmouth research offers new control strategies for bipolar bark beetles
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Greenland ice cores provide vision of the future
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Maglev tissues could speed toxicity tests
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Mozambique military called in to battle floods
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