Editor’s Selections: The Lessons of History, Beer From Fossils, and Unintended Restoration Consequences

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By Jarrett Byrnes

smalljarrett2Jarrett Byrnes focuses on posts in ecology, environmental sciences, and evolution. He blogs at I’m a chordata, urochordata!

  • Over at JournOwl, we find that endangered birds on the IUC red list tend to share many characteristics with other birds that have already gone extinct. Best pay attention to the lessons of history.
  • If you were to find fungal spores and ancient yeasts inside of long extinct bees fossilized in amber, what would you do? Why, use it to brew beer, of course.
  • On a restoration effort, you can use seeds from just any source population, right? Genotypes not native to the area are probably the same as local genotypes. You’re using the same species, so what’s the problem? More than you reckoned for, as non-native genotypes can outcompete the local genotype and lower the genetic diversity of the entire population.

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