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Rare coastal martens under high risk of extinction in coming decades

The coastal marten, a small but fierce forest predator, is at a high risk for extinction in Oregon and northern California in the next 30 years due to threats from human activities, according to a new study.

New brewery equipment prepares Oregon State students for automated future

Oregon State University is home to a new research brewery that allows students to learn on an automated system similar to those used by major regional breweries.

Cutting and leaving western juniper may lead to increase in invasive grasses

A new study finds that in areas already overrun by juniper and non-native grasses, juniper reduction efforts alone aren’t going to be enough to restore the area, and that the grass problem will increase.

Newly-hatched salmon use geomagnetic field to learn which way is up

Researchers who confirmed in recent years that salmon use the Earth’s geomagnetic field to guide their long-distance migrations have found that the fish also use the field for a much simpler and smaller-scale migration: When the young emerge from gravel nests to reach surface waters.

OSU environmental chemists tapped to lead studies of contaminants at military bases

Environmental chemists at Oregon State University will lead grants totaling $2.9 million to conduct studies of chemicals that have contaminated military installations and are also detected at fire training areas in the United States, including Oregon.

A view from above and below: Hatchery chinook salmon are self-sorting in tanks

Hatchery-raised chinook salmon sort themselves into surface- and bottom-oriented groups in their rearing tanks. This behavior might be due in part to the fish’s genes, according to an OSU study.

$2 million barley project gets naked for the good of the grain

Oregon State University is leading a five-state effort to develop varieties of naked barleys that are not only organic, they can also be used in a variety of ways.

Bee health and sustainable beekeeping topic of Science Pub Corvallis

Ramesh Sagili, an associate professor of apiculture in Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, will talk about the status of honey bee health and sustainable beekeeping, Monday, March 11, at Science Pub Corvallis. The presentation will start at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 2ndSt. in Corvallis.

 

Trout, salamander populations able to quickly bounce back from severe drought conditions

Populations of coastal cutthroat trout and coastal giant salamanders in the Pacific Northwest show the ability to rebound quickly from drought conditions, new research by Oregon State University suggests.

Research finds quakes can systematically trigger other ones on opposite side of Earth

New research shows that a big earthquake can not only cause other quakes, but large ones, and on the opposite side of the Earth.

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