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Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Thu Apr 11th, 2019

The latest issue of Science contains an article describing the worldwide decline of amphibian populations due to the international spread of chytridiomycosis, a lethal fungal disease, largely as a result...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Apr 2nd, 2019

On several occasions, I’ve used this column to espouse the benefits of a lower rate of human population growth. Invariably I hear that I have missed the point; many claim...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Wed Mar 27th, 2019

Reports of pollution by discarded plastic products crowd the pages of the popular press reporting on the environment. I’ve blogged on plastics before; see https://blogs.nicholas.duke.edu/citizenscientist/microplastics/. This is an update...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Mar 19th, 2019

Green plants contain an enzyme, known as Rubisco, which captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and uses it to build the sugars that plants use to grow and we use...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Fri Mar 8th, 2019

Agriculture accounts for about 1/3 of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, so it is with some enthusiasm that I would embrace efforts by agronomists to reduce these forms of pollution....

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Thu Feb 28th, 2019

Milk is a staple of the human diet, particularly for growing children. It provides a source of protein, calcium, Vitamin D, and other nutritional benefits to diet. For lactose-intolerant folks,...

Translational Ecololgy
Wed Feb 20th, 2019

Currently there are about 75,000,000 pigs in the United States. They generate a lot of poop, for which disposal is an ongoing problem in need of good solutions. North Carolina...

Translational Ecololgy
Wed Feb 13th, 2019

In the annals of invasive species, humans would surely rank among the best. Rabbits, Red deer, rats and feral cats offer no match to the worldwide impact of the human...

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