Trump’s plan to shrink national park could drive dozens of unique bees to extinction, study suggests

Trump’s plan to shrink national park could drive dozens of unique bees to extinction, study suggests

pest news decemberA hotspot of bee diversity is under threat following Donald Trump’s decision to drastically shrink two national parks in Utah.

The western state is home to a quarter of the nation’s bee species, some of which are unique and have never been closely documented by scientists.

Scientists have now examined how the reduction of the parks, set up by Mr Trump’s Democrat predecessors, will affect the region’s pollinators.

For the full article, head over to The Independent.

Bee motorway plan to create a buzz

pest news decemberThe first motorway map for bees and other pollinators in Northern Ireland has been published.

The B-Lines project is designed to give struggling pollinators a boost.

It sets out about 15 routes, each 3km (1.86 miles) wide, where conservationists and councils are being encouraged to concentrate their work.

BBC report the whole article here.

MIND READING BREAKTHROUGH: Scientists experimenting on RATS make HUGE step forward

pest news decemberScientists have said they can read rats minds and predict their next move, as well as their mistakes. By observing the hippocampus, scientists were able to predict where a rat would navigate in a maze with eight arms.

The hippocampus is located in the centre of the brain and is essential to spatial navigation. Through watching which neurons fired in the hippocampus, scientists could predict where the rat would go in the maze.

Josef Csicsvari co-authored the study published in the journal Neuron, and said this helped them create a brain map for rats.

Mr Csicsvari said: “This gives us an insight into what the animal is thinking about space. We used this concept to understand how rats think during tasks that test their spatial memory.”

For more information, head over to The Express.

Rats and pigeons ‘replace iconic species’

pest news decemberThe modification of land for farming and building cities is favouring the same species everywhere, according to a new study.

Animals like rats and pigeons are taking over from less common ones, which can survive only in certain habitats, say scientists.

Researchers looked at 20,000 animals and plants in 81 countries.

They found that species occupying a large area tend to increase in places where humans use the land.

However, fauna and flora that occupies a small area is lost.

Head over to BBC to find out more.

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