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Packaging insecticides in tiny capsules may make them more toxic

Encasing insecticides in microscopic plastic capsules – a common formulation for many pest sprays on the market – could lead to unintended consequences.

Study finds reduction in seabird bycatch since 2002, but researchers urge vigilance as rates rising

A collaborative effort among the fishing industry, scientists and resource managers has led to a significant reduction in seabird bycatch in Alaskan longline fisheries since 2002, a new study documents, but researchers say that bycatch incidents are now increasing.

Kristie Potwora exhibit on display at OSU’s Strand Agriculture Hall through March 22

Gallus gallus domesticus (The Domestic Chicken),” an exhibition of work by screen print artist Kristie Potwora, is on display in the gallery in 440 Strand Agriculture Hall at Oregon State University in Corvallis through March 22.

Study finds experimental extreme draining of reservoir has unexpected ecological impacts

The experimental extreme draining of a reservoir in Oregon to aid downstream migration of juvenile chinook salmon is showing benefits but also a mix of unintended consequences, including changing the aquatic food web and releasing potential predators downstream.

Climate modeling shows significant shifts in 21st century Pacific Northwest coastal forest vegetation

A changing climate in the 21st century will significantly alter the coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest, according to modeling by Oregon State University researchers.

Blend of warmer water, chemical exposure influence gene expression across generations in a coastal fish

Warmer water temperatures, combined with low-level exposure to chemicals, influence the expression of genes in the offspring of an abundant North American fish species.

Far-ranging fin whales find year-round residence in Gulf of California

Researchers from Mexico and the United States have concluded that a population of fin whales in the rich Gulf of California ecosystem may live there year-round – an unusual circumstance for a whale species known to migrate across ocean basins.

Slime proves valuable in developing method for counting salmon in Alaska

Scientists have published a novel method for counting Pacific salmon – analyzing DNA from the slime the fish leave behind in their spawning streams.

Trees’ enemies help tropical forests maintain their biodiversity, study finds

Scientists have long struggled to explain how tropical forests can maintain their staggering diversity of trees without having a handful of species take over – or having many other species die out. The answer, researchers say, lies in the soil found near individual trees, where natural “enemies” of tree species reside. These enemies, including fungi and arthropods, attack and kill many of the seeds and seedlings near the host tree, preventing local recruitment of trees of that same species.

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