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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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Frog-Hunting Bats Overcome Noisy Environments by Switching Sensory Channels

Frog-Hunting Bats Overcome Noisy Environments by Switching Sensory Channels

September 19, 2016

In one of nature’s crueler fatal-attraction scenarios, a male túngara frog’s mating call also attracts frog-eating bats...

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Crop Domestication Is A Balancing Act<br/> Some Ants Are Still Trying To Get it Right

Crop Domestication Is A Balancing Act
Some Ants Are Still Trying To Get it Right

September 05, 2016

Skinny lines of ants snake through the rainforest carrying leaves and flowers above their heads—fertilizer for industrial-scale, underground fungus farms...

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Recent Connection Between North and South America Reaffirmed

Recent Connection Between North and South America Reaffirmed

August 22, 2016

Long ago, one great ocean flowed between North and South America. When the narrow Isthmus of Panama joined the continents about 3 million years ago, it also separated the Atlantic from the Pacific Ocean...

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Focus on Marine Migrations<br/>Migramar 2nd Meeting in Panama: Aug 1-2, 2016

Focus on Marine Migrations
Migramar 2nd Meeting in Panama: Aug 1-2, 2016

August 08, 2016

The Migramar network of marine research and conservation organizations held their most recent meeting at STRI, attended by 10 scientists representing Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and the United States...

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After the Age of Dinosaurs Came the Age of Ant Farmers

After the Age of Dinosaurs Came the Age of Ant Farmers

July 25, 2016

A group of South American ants has farmed fungi since shortly after the dinosaurs died out, according to an international research team including Smithsonian scientists...

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Fiona in Free-Fall: Panama's Disappearing Jaguars

Fiona in Free-Fall: Panama's Disappearing Jaguars

July 22, 2016

What made this rescue so unique was the fact that Fiona arrived as a motherless infant, one of the last of a dying species...

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