As the U.S. water supply system infrastructure approaches the end of its life, drinking water supplies are increasingly at risk from contamination, supply interruptions, and shortages. In the face of population growth and climate change, it is vital to start considering how to approach a system-wide overhaul.
Species diversity of underwater plants is frequently used as a proxy for water quality. But what can the structural layout of underwater plants tell us about the aquatic system? Scientists investigate the connection between complex underwater plant growth and thriving aquatic organism communities, which has implications for biologists, waterfront landowners, and decision makers.
Bananas are an important and nutritionally diverse component in diets around the world. Over the past 50 years, steady increases in global temperatures have been favorable for banana production. However, as the global temperature approaches the upper temperature ranges for banana trees, production may start to level off or decline. This study has important implications for future management of banana supplies.