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Press Release 10-179

NSF Awards Grants to Study Dimensions of Earth's Biodiversity

Scientists will investigate forest change, marine viruses, honey bees, stream biodiversity, evolutionary history

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Photo of South Africa's Cape Floristic Region.

South Africa's Cape Floristic Region is one of the world's plant biodiversity hotspots.

Credit: Jane E. Carlson


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Photo of the giant, colorful bloom of a Protea flower.

With their giant, colorful blooms, Protea flowers add a riot of color to the fynbos of South Africa.

Credit: Jane E. Carlson


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Photo of a forest in Changbaishan, China.

Through Dimensions of Biodiversity, scientists will study the forests in Changbaishan, China.

Credit: Stuart Davies


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Photo of seeds collected in a plot in Huai Kha Kheng, Thailand.

Seeds collected in a plot in Huai Kha Kheng, Thailand, offer insights into forest growth.

Credit: Christian Ziegler


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Photo of a stream and waterfall at the Mindo Biological Station in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Stream and waterfall at the Mindo Biological Station in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Credit: W. Chris Funk


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Photo of a new species of stream frog at the Yanayacu Biological Station in the Ecuadorian Andes.

A new species of stream frog at the Yanayacu Biological Station in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Credit: W. Chris Funk


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Photo of a plankton sampling net.

Scientists will sample plankton biodiversity and its influence on nutrient cycling in the ocean.

Credit: Adam Martiny


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Photo of a scientist pipetting a sample onto a slide on a microscope stage.

Taxonomic, genetic and functional biodiversity control the chemical composition of the seas.

Credit: Adam Martiny


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Photo of a bumble bee on a flower.

Bumble bee on a flower; bees are of great ecological value through their pollination services.

Credit: Nancy Moran


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Photo of honeybee workers and their queen buzzing on a bee hive.

Honeybee workers and their queen buzz on a bee hive.

Credit: Jay Evans, USDA


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Photomicrograph of fluorescent microbes.

Research on microbes in ocean sediments will shed light on a dark corner of the biosphere.

Credit: David Valentine


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Image showing the bottom of the ocean.

Ocean sediment microbes form a unique ecosystem where methane is consumed.

Credit: David Valentine


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