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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The study of sounds produced by and affecting living organisms, especially those sounds involved in communication.
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(Zoology) the study of animals' use of sound
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(ˌbaɪ oʊ əˈku stɪks; esp. Brit. -əˈkaʊ-)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
a science dealing with the sounds produced by or affecting living organisms.
bi`o•a•cous′ti•cal, adj.
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They emphasize two modes: extrinsic language, or how scientists, theorists, writers, artists, and others express what is different about plant being, including how humans refer to plants, the language of flowers, the intelligence of plants, plants as narrators and in literature and poetry, the use of direct address to plants as having subjectivity, and the diction that expresses to a reader the complex botanical world, in addition to intrinsic language used by vegetal species to negotiate with their biotic and abiotic environments, through biochemistry, visual articulations, olfactory aspects, bioacoustics, and exchanges with animals.
The need for effective conservation efforts was underscored by a recent passive acoustics study (2008), conducted by the NMFS National Marine Mammal Laboratory and the Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell University, which found that humpback whales in Samana Bay altered their song production in the presence of vessel noise (Berchok et al.
Vibrations were recorded with the portable computer at 22 kHz with 16-bit resolution, using Saslab Pro 4.15 software (Avisoft Bioacoustics, 2002).
Several researchers, including scientists at Cornell University's Bioacoustics Research Program and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, agree that his technique has potential as a scientific research tool.
"Future studies of bed bug bioacoustics may be served well by using low-frequency sounds produced by host species," the authors wrote.
Avian Diversity and Bioacoustics Lab., Department of Zoology and Environmental Science, Gurukula Kangri, University, Haridwar, 249 404, Uttarakhand, India, Corresponding author:
The study was described in a paper published in the October issue of Bioacoustics. ( ANI )
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LUIS FELIPE BAPTISTA (1941-2000) was a world renowned ornithologist in the field of bioacoustics. His studies on song dialects of the white-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) are fundamental in the field.
Before getting to the question of where all these young learners pick up their communication skills, Jill Soha of Ohio State University's Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics in Columbus points out that researchers are still sorting out what learning means among birds.
Von Gierke served on a number of committees of the National Research Council on Hearing, Bioacoustics and Biomechanics, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Acoustical Society of America.