NCAA Football: San Beda keeps sweep bid alive

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes “I just focused on helping my team win,” said Tacagni.The win pushed the Red Booters closer to sweeping their way to the championship after winning all their matches in the first round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngIf San Beda bests defending champion Arellano U Thursday and St. Benilde next week, it will clinch a league-best 22 seniors titles.But San Beda nearly blew it. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Senators to proceed with review of VFA “I have to commend LPU, they prepared against us well,” said San Beda coach Michael Pediamonte.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fil-Brit Connor Tacagni scored two goals to lift San Beda to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Lyceum of Tuesday to boost its sweep bid in the 92nd NCAA football tournament at the Rizal Football Field.Down by a goal after Lyceum’s striker Riel Mark Subebe came through on a set piece on the 15th minute, Tacagni, a 24-year-old native of Manchester, England, came to the rescue and unloaded a pair of rockets–one coming in the 41st minute and the other in the 81st.ADVERTISEMENT Facing Star needs ‘absolute best’ from Alaska, says Compton Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas PLAY LIST 01:07Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View commentslast_img read more

Hippos poop a lot of silica, and that’s critical for Africa’s rivers and lakes

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? 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As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animal Behavior, Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecosystem Services, Environment, Hippos, Mammals, Research, Rivers, Wildlife Article published by Shreya Dasguptacenter_img By chomping on large amounts of silica-rich grass at night, then defecating into the Mara River during the day, hippos help move silicon from land to the water — something that’s vital for the health of the river and lakes further downstream, a new study has found.Researchers analyzed samples of soil, water, grass and hippo feces from various points along the Mara River, and found that hippos alone were likely contributing more than 76 percent of the silicon being transported along the river.If the Mara River’s hippos decline in number, it could lead to a reduction in the amount of silicon that makes its way to the lakes. This in turn could result in algal blooms that can use up the oxygen in the lakes downstream and kill the fish. In the East African savanna landscape, hippos and their poop play a critical role. By chomping on large amounts of silica-rich grass at night, then defecating into the Mara River during the day, the giant grazers help move silicon from the land to the water — something that’s vital for the health of the river and lakes further downstream, a new study has found.Jonas Schoelynck, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and lead author of the study, was attending a presentation on the role of hippos (Hippopotamus amphibius) in the Mara ecosystem when he first got interested in how hippos might be moving silicon (Si). “It was there that the idea sparked and that I connected the behavior of hippos with Si cycling,” Schoelynck told Mongabay. “I had seen the hippos before in the wild and I knew that they spread tons of dung in the water while twisting their tail around. After that, it was only a matter of finding the right team and resources to conduct an expedition to the Masai Mara.”Upon reaching Kenya, Schoelynck and his colleagues collected samples of soil, water, grass and hippo feces from various points along the Mara River. In some stretches of the river, the team spotted up to 80 hippos, while in others there were few to none of the pachyderms.The researchers analyzed these samples and found that the hippos within their study area were consuming about 800 kilograms (1,760 pounds) of silicon daily through the plants they ate. About half of this silicon ended up in the water when the grazers excreted. Further calculations showed that the hippos alone contributed to more than 76 percent of the silicon transported along the Mara River. In short, hippos act as silicon pumps.The researchers did not look at other grazers in the landscape. But hippos split their 24 hours between grazing on land, then spending a considerable amount of time in rivers to cool off their bodies. It’s in the water that they tend to defecate, their tails violently spraying their dung around. “It is the hippos’ diel [24-hour] behavior that causes the massive transport of Si to the river, contrary to all other animals, even though all other grazers together outnumber the resident hippo population,” Schoelynck said. “The further away from the river, the less likely it becomes that the Si in animal droppings reaches the river, and chances are bigger that it will be recycled by the Savannah grass.”Hippos in Kenya’s Mara River. Image by Jonas Schoelynck.Silicon is vital for the Mara River ecosystem. This is because East African lakes like Lake Victoria, the world’s largest tropical lake, depend on silicon flowing into them from rivers like the Mara to support the food chains that they host. Diatoms, a type of single-celled photosynthesizing algae that live in the water, produce oxygen and take up carbon, and form the base of these food webs. Silicon forms a key part of the diatoms’ cells.If the Mara River’s hippo population declined, it could lead to a reduction in the amount of silicon that makes its way to the lakes. This in turn could result in “pest algae” replacing the diatoms, which need an optimal carbon-silicon-nitrogen-phosphorus nutrient ratio of 106:15:16:1, according to Schoelynck. These algae could then cause a lack of oxygen in the water, killing the lake’s fish and affecting people who depend on fishing for their livelihoods.Industrial pollution and fertilizer runoff from farms have already led to toxic algal blooms in parts of Lake Victoria and other East African lakes by increasing the input of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus. A decline in silicon reaching the lakes could worsen this imbalance.It “could be sufficient to further limit diatom growth in Lake Victoria, where increased nitrogen:silicon and phosphorus:silicon ratios have already caused a phytoplankton transition to year-round dominance by cyanobacteria since the late 1980s, and the diversity of planktonic diatom communities has declined dramatically,” Schoelynck said.Banner image of hippos in Kenya by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.CitationSchoelynck, J., Subalusky, A. L., Struyf, E., Dutton, C. L., Unzué-Belmonte, D., Vijver, B. V., . . . Frings, P. (2019). Hippos (Hippopotamus amphibius): The animal silicon pump. Science Advances,5(5). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav0395last_img read more