Vetches and passion flowers have modified some of their leaves and converted them into tendrils. These grope around in space until they touch the stem of another plant and swiftly coil around it. The tendrils then coil and pull the plant up towards the sunlight.This is just makes me want to grow passion flowers even more!!
The USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program designs and develops large and small scale surveys for native bees. As part of that program we also develop identification tools and keys for…
Amazing photos by Sam Droege
On May 24, 2011—the same day Brazil’s Parliament voted to decrease logging restrictions in the country’s Forest Code—married environmental activists Zé Cláudio Ribeiro and Maria do Espirito Santo were shot to death outside their house in the Amazonian state of Para. A month later we traveled to Zé Cláudio’s hometown of Marabá, which was once in the middle of the rainforest and is now surrounded by miles and miles of clearcut cattle land. As the investigation into Zé and Maria’s murders went nowhere, we drove into the forest to the site of the killings, followed the heavily armed men of Brazil’s environmental protection agency as they busted up illegal timber mills, visited the militant squatters of Brazil’s Landless Movement, met modern day slaves, and marveled at the lawless, violent atmosphere that permeates the town locals call Marabála (that means Mara-bullets).
by VICE magazine
Ocean Drifters - A beautifully constructed short story about plankton. Written and directed by Dr Richard Kirby and narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Beautiful indeed. Embarking on a tour below the sea, Attenborough explores marine life from crab larvae to plankton to barnacles, the cyclical processes of photosynthesis, evolutionary diversity as discovered by Charles Darwin, and how what we know about our oceans shapes our view of the natural world, our changing climate, ocean salinity, and how plankton are serving as our “canaries of the ocean”, alerting us to the affects we continue to have on our world. View it in HD @ vimeo HERE.
Glass Invertebrates by Guido Mocafico
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Aquatic Microfauna Eat Frog-Killing Fungus
Filter-feeders emerge as potential defenders against a deadly amphibian disease.
by Yao-Hua Law
Chytridiomycosis, the deadly disease caused by the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), has been decimating amphibian populations worldwide since the 1980s. “We have no means to stop its advance,” said Antje Lauer, a microbial ecologist at California State University in Bakersfield, “and no cure that can be used in the wild to protect amphibians from it.”
Bd affects amphibian skin, disrupting its ability to regulate electrolytes in the body, explained Jamie Voyles, an infectious disease ecologist at New Mexico Tech. Infected frogs lose excessive amounts of sodium and potassium, which are critical to keep their hearts pumping. Eventually, their hearts stop.
But new research suggests a potential preventive agent against Bd infection—one that may already be swimming all around the affected amphibians. Two recent studies demonstrated that aquatic microscopic fauna—such as Daphnia, Paramecium, and rotifers—can consume free-floating Bd zoospores, keeping Bd from infecting as many frogs…
(read more: The Scientist)
photos: SABELLA OLESKY and Forrest Brem