How Wind Stilling Is Affecting Insects Search For Food

September 21, 2014 5:34 PM

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With dramatic change in global weather patterns, alterations are seen in climate, wind speed and other meteorological factors. These changes have drastically affected animals and plants behavior towards their environment as reported by Brandon Barton in a news release. Brandon Barton is a postdoctoral investigator at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr.Brandon with his team analyzed global stilling and its effect on foraging behavior of insects through his research work. The study is published in Journal of Ecology and was sponsored by National Science Foundation. He also shared his experience of witnessing a strong blow of wind bending stalks of corn with his students; the sight forced him to think about the insect dwelling on the stalk and the effect of a heavy gust on the tiny creature.

Global stilling, the term which defines the decline in speed of wind is a complex problem world is facing from past few years. A study with lead investigator Bichet A. reported 0.3% decrease in mid latitude land area wind velocity over a period of 30 years in northern hemisphere. This stilling is ha...

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