Category: Animal & Plants

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Let’s Pool it Together

As climate change and land development projects persist around the world, vernal pools are becoming increasingly difficult to protect around the world. How are they faring in Israel, and what can be done to preserve those that remain?
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Reaching New Heights

A new terrestrial survey based on NASA satellite photos has identified the tallest trees in Israel. Which trees are they, where can they be seen, and how will they fare in a harsher climate?
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Planting Solutions in the Ground

When applicable, let plants do the work for us. A new Israeli study has found an effective and eco-friendly way to clean soils contaminated with heavy metals, and it involves some trickery.
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Photo by Dr. Victor Kina

Israeli Study Discovers Fish in Absence of Humans Amid Prior Covid Lockdowns

Much like the reports of rarely seen mammals roaming city streets during lockdown periods, so too were uncommon fish species in the beach waters of Eilat.
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Make Forests Resilient Again

With climate change warnings reaching unprecedented new levels, how will our forests cope? A new study reveals how effective Israeli forests are in sequestering carbon from the atmosphere and what needs to be done to improve their resiliency to the climate crisis.
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The Branch Doesn’t Fall Too Far from the Tree

Just as buildings require maintenance, so do municipal planted trees. Researchers warn of an overlooked life-threatening phenomenon: falling branches in the summertime.
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Photo courtesy of Valeria Kogan

Improving Greenhouse Crop Yields with AI

Between frequent climate extremes and the rising human population rising, major breadbasket nations are struggling to satisfy supply and demand. A new Israeli ag-tech company is providing artificial intelligence to improve local agriculture.
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Speeding Tree Growth with Fungi

Israeli researchers have found a natural and symbiotic way to expedite the growth of pine trees by involving edible fungi mushrooms in their early years of growth.
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You Are What You Wheat

Special for Shavuot: Although the Green Revolution brought wheat production to its highest capacity, it slashed wheat’s genetic diversity making it less resilient to climate change stressors. An Israeli initiative may be wheat’s best shot at genetic restoration.
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Photo courtesy of Racheli Gabrieli

The Independent Cows of the Golan Heights

Since 1967, a unique herd of free-ranging cows have been thriving in the Golan Heights. After surviving wars and attempted culling, the woman who has accompanied them for years hopes they will receive official protection from the state.
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