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Lianas Can Suppress Tree Growth in Young Tropical Forests for Decades

Lianas Can Suppress Tree Growth in Young Tropical Forests for Decades

February 27, 2017

Lianas, or woody vines, have been proliferating relative to trees in some tropical forests...

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Researchers List Reasons Not To Lick a Toad<br/><small>New Review of Medicinal Compounds in Bufonidae Secretions Compiled</small>

Researchers List Reasons Not To Lick a Toad
New Review of Medicinal Compounds in Bufonidae Secretions Compiled

January 30, 2017

The cane toad and other members of the Bufonidae family produce substances widely used in traditional folk medicine, but endangered family members, like Panama’s golden frog, Atelopus zeteki, may disappear before revealing their secrets...

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Measuring trees with the speed of sound

Measuring trees with the speed of sound

January 16, 2017

Living trees can rot from the inside out, leaving only a hollowed trunk. Wood rot in living trees can cause overestimates of global carbon pools, timber loss in forestry, and poor tree health...

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Are Tiny Grazers the New Hope for Caribbean Reefs?

Are Tiny Grazers the New Hope for Caribbean Reefs?

January 06, 2017

Thirty years ago a mysterious disease wiped out long-spined black sea urchins across the Caribbean, leading to massive algal overgrowth that smothered already overfished coral reefs...

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Predator invasion had devastating, apparently irreversible, effect on native Fish

Predator invasion had devastating, apparently irreversible, effect on native Fish

December 12, 2016

In 1969, 60 to 100 Peacock Bass imported from Buga, Colombia, were introduced into a pond in Panama for sport fishing. Several individuals escaped...

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Corals Survived Caribbean Climate Change

Corals Survived Caribbean Climate Change

November 29, 2016

Half of all coral species in the Caribbean went extinct between 1 and 2 million years ago, probably due to drastic environmental changes...

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Connections Make a Difference in Tropical Forests<br/>At the Smithsonian in Panama Ants See Trees as Islands Connected by Lianas

Connections Make a Difference in Tropical Forests
At the Smithsonian in Panama Ants See Trees as Islands Connected by Lianas

November 14, 2016

A new study at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama shows that connections between trees may also be important for maintaining the rich species diversity in tropical forests...

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Why did the bacterium cross the road? <br/>It was inside the sloth

Why did the bacterium cross the road?
It was inside the sloth

October 31, 2016

Several major publications from STRI suggest that microbes may be responsible for maintaining tropical biodiversity...

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Monkey Movements Explained by Forest Structure in Panama <br/>LiDAR Technology Reveals Monkey Habitat in 3-D

Monkey Movements Explained by Forest Structure in Panama
LiDAR Technology Reveals Monkey Habitat in 3-D

October 17, 2016

Kevin McLean, former fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and colleagues successfully used LiDAR technology to map the tropical forest canopy on Barro Colorado Island...

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26 Jaguars Killed in Panama So Far This Year

26 Jaguars Killed in Panama So Far This Year

October 03, 2016

At the meeting, researchers evaluated the conservation status of animals from Mexico through Panama and the health of forests in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor stretching along the Atlantic coast of CA...

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