The microbiome is an “ecological community of commensal, symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms” found in and on all multicellular organisms
We can plant trees to re-establish a woodland community, but does planting trees help other elements of the community recover? What about the microbial community, it is responsible for much of the ecological functioning of intact ecosystems. Does restoration help the microbiome and why should we care?
Earth’s forest just grew by 9% – New analysis finds hidden pockets of forest all over the globe (sciencemag.org)
A new global analysis looking at the distribution of forests and woodlands has ‘found’ 467 million hectares of previously unreported forest in dryland ecosystems – a land area equivalent to 60% of Australia. In this day and age of advanced remote sensing how are such discoveries still possible?
Can the wolf really be tamed? Ask little red riding hood (Indulgy)
We may have been able to tame the dog – the only large carnivore to now happily coexist with humans. But how does domestication occur and can we learn from it to develop new animal breeds and crop varieties for food?
The rangelands include some of Australia’s most iconic arid and semi-arid landscapes (including Uluru, Shutterstock), they support important pastoral and tourism industries, yet are some of our most understudied ecosystems
The secrets of the understudied Australian rangelands, which make up 81% of the continent, have been exposed in new scientific work
The Flinders Ranges were once a refuge from a changing climate (Shutterstock)
Finding the optimum environment and avoiding uninhabitable conditions has been a challenge facing species throughout the history of life on Earth. But as the climate changes, many plants and animals are likely to find their favoured home much less hospitable.
- A Devil’s Garden at Posada Amazonas (Keith Martin)
Imagine you are hacking your way through the Amazon rainforest and you venture across a grove completely devoid of ground vegetation and dominated by a single tree species. A highly unusual occurrence in one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Congratulations you have found a Devil’s garden
Teak is one of the most valuable timber trees in the world, but where did it originally come from…
Teak tree – from Jalan Jati -a project on memories of wood, trees and people and has been captured on film, exhibitions and books. (Woodprint collage – Ranjang Jati (Teak Bed) Woodprint of a 1930’s teak bed found in a Singapore junk store with reproduction of a printout of the DNA profile. Collage on Paper with charcoal. 240 cm x 150 cm. Image Lucy Davis)
Habitat clearance is threatening global biodiversity. In many places, isolated trees are all that remains of once extensive forest. So what happens to these trees and how can they survive in their new, highly modified environment without becoming the ‘living dead’?
The world’s most isolated tree, an acacia in Nigeria, used for decades as a marker by Tuareg traders and caravans, was recently knocked down by a drunk truck driver who thought it was a mirage