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Symbiotic Fungi Inhabiting Plant Roots Have Major Impact On Atmospheric Carbon

Symbiotic Fungi Inhabiting Plant Roots Have Major Impact On Atmospheric Carbon

AUSTIN, Texas — Microscopic fungi that live in plants' roots play a major role in the storage and release of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere, according to a University of Texas at Austin researcher and his colleagues at Boston University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Texas May Be Feeding its Red Drum Fish More Than They Need, Say Researchers

Texas May Be Feeding its Red Drum Fish More Than They Need, Say Researchers

Marine scientists have answered a basic question about red drum fish and their eggs that may eventually help save the state of Texas a lot of money in hatcheries management and make fish farming more environmentally friendly.

Robotic Frogs Help Turn a Boring Mating Call into a Serenade

Robotic Frogs Help Turn a Boring Mating Call into a Serenade

The “rather bizarre” result may provide insight into how complex traits evolve by hooking together much simpler traits.

Invasive Crazy Ants Are Displacing Fire Ants, Researchers Find

Invasive Crazy Ants Are Displacing Fire Ants, Researchers Find

The ecologically dominant crazy ants are reducing diversity and abundance across a range of ant and arthropod species.

Scientists Cage Dead Zebras in Africa to Understand the Spread of Anthrax

Scientists Cage Dead Zebras in Africa to Understand the Spread of Anthrax

Infected zebra were left where they died but protected by electrified cage exclosures.

Bumblebees Do Best Where There Is Less Pavement and More Floral Diversity

Bumblebees Do Best Where There Is Less Pavement and More Floral Diversity

Landscapes with large amounts of paved roads and impervious construction have lower numbers of ground-nesting bumblebees, which are important native pollinators, a study from The University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, Berkeley shows.

Biologist Receives $1.5 Million to Study Potential Biofuel Crops

Biologist Receives $1.5 Million to Study Potential Biofuel Crops

A biologist at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study native prairie grasses as potential sources of biofuel.

Oil Exploration Would Endanger the Most Biodiverse Region in the Western Hemisphere, Say Scientists

Oil Exploration Would Endanger the Most Biodiverse Region in the Western Hemisphere, Say Scientists

An international team of scientists has found that Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park, which sits on top of massive reserves of oil, is in the single most biodiverse region in the Western Hemisphere.

Females Can Place Limits on Evolution of Attractive Features in Males, Research Shows

Females Can Place Limits on Evolution of Attractive Features in Males, Research Shows

Female cognitive ability can limit how melodious or handsome males become over evolutionary time, biologists from The University of Texas at Austin, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have observed.

Experts for Earth Day: Researchers Offer Environmental Perspectives

Earth Day will be celebrated on Friday, April 22. Faculty experts from The University of Texas at Austin are available to discuss their research on topics ranging from the building of sustainable communities to plant ecology and environmental policies.