One-quarter of all mammal species are bats—and they’re a prominent feature of night skies across North America. But a devastating disease has swept westward across the country since 2006, causing bat numbers to decline drastically.
Climate models predict the pinyon pine could disappear from Arizona this century. New research from Northern Arizona University looks at why some pines survive and others don’t. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.
Climate change scientists know that plants can’t grow larger with extra carbon dioxide unless they also have nitrogen. But a new study coauthored by a Flagstaff ecologist shows fungus can help plants get around that limitation.
Deserts like the American Southwest are expected to get drier as the climate warms. That’s bad news for soil microbes, according to a global study co-authored by researchers at Northern Arizona University.
Orange and gold leaves usually fill the branches of Aspen trees this time of year. But as Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, a fungal disease is turning some of those leaves brown and blotchy across the Southwest.