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Bacteria from honey bees' second honey stomach churn out novel antimicrobial compounds. Image creadit: Flickr user Smudge9000 via Creative Commons 2.0 license.
Morning dew on asters (Aster) at Schaefer Prairie. Photo © Chris Anderson/TNC.
This grayling had a stomach full of shrews. Photo: © Jonny Armstrong
The Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary in East Texas. Photo by Lynn McBride.
Smog blankets Houston, Texas. Ozone — together with fine particulates — contributes to smog formation. A new study documents the viability of reforestation for ozone control. Photo credit: Flicker user Rick Kempel under a Creative Commons 2.0 license.
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The Bangweulu Wetlands ecosystem in northern Zambia covers a large area of great biodiversity. This grassy floodplain encompasses high value terrestrial and freshwater habitats with relatively low management and opportunity costs. Photo credit Tim Boucher/TNC
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Water, water everywhere -- but it's all covered in algae. Photo: © John Delmotte
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