Topic: Environment

Symbiotic Fungi Inhabiting Plant Roots Have Major Impact On Atmospheric Carbon

Jan. 8, 2014

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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.

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Chemists Work to Desalt the Ocean for Drinking Water, One Nanoliter at a Time

June 27, 2013

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By creating a small electrical field that removes salts from seawater, chemists at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Marburg in Germany have introduced a new method for the desalination of seawater that consumes less energy and is dramatically simpler than conventional techniques. The new method requires so little energy that it can run on a store-bought battery.

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Invasive Crazy Ants Are Displacing Fire Ants, Researchers Find

May 16, 2013

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Invasive "crazy ants" are displacing fire ants in areas across the southeastern United States, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. It's the latest in a history of ant invasions from the southern hemisphere and may prove to have dramatic effects on the ecosystem of the region.

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

April 22, 2013

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

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Biologist Receives $1.5 Million to Study Potential Biofuel Crops

Aug. 2, 2012

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.

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