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  • Disease threatens to decimate western bats
    on January 19, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    A four-year study concludes that the fungal disease, white-nose syndrome, poses a severe threat to many western North American bats.

  • Study identifies a nonhuman primate model that mimics severe COVID-19 similar to humans
    on January 19, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    New research suggests that aged African green monkeys may be suitable models for the study of severe forms of COVID-19.

  • New management approach can help avoid species vulnerability or extinction
    on January 18, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Research focuses on transient nature of species' and ecosystem stability; illustrates how prepare for possible flips.

  • Guppies have varying levels of self-control
    on January 15, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Just like humans trying to stick to New Year's resolutions, guppies have varying levels of self-control, a new study shows.

  • Climate change doesn't spare the insects
    on January 14, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Entomologists have seen a striking contraction of insect numbers and diversity. They are sharing new data suggesting that climate change is the culprit and they are coming up with a way to protect the survivors: a bioliteracy program that aims to educate Costa Rican residents about the diversity around them and empower them to conserve it. It's a model they hope catches on and spreads around the globe.

  • Rare lichen unique to Florida discovered in museum collections, may be extinct
    on January 14, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Scientists have found a new species of fleshy verdigris lichen, thanks to DNA analysis of museum specimens. Misidentified by its original collectors, the lichen is only known from 32 specimens collected in North and Central Florida scrubland between 1885 and 1985. Now the hunt is on to find it in the wild -- if it still exists.

  • Eating omega-3 fat helps hibernating Arctic ground squirrels warm up during deep cold
    on January 14, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    By feeding Arctic ground squirrels special diets, researchers have found that omega-3 fatty acids, common in flax seed and fish oil, help keep the animals warmer in deep hibernation.

  • How plants produce defensive toxins without harming themselves
    on January 14, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Scientists describe the biosynthesis and exact mode of action of diterpene glycosides in wild tobacco. These antiherbivory compounds attack the cell membrane. To protect themselves from their own toxins, tobacco plants store them in a non-toxic form. Autotoxicity and the protection against it seem to play a greater role in the evolution of plant defenses than previously thought.

  • Scientists discover electric eels hunting in a group
    on January 14, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Deep in the Brazilian Amazon River basin, scientists discovered a small, river-fed lake filled with more than 100 adult electric eels. Researchers witnessed the electric eels working together to herd small fish into tightly packed balls. Groups of up to 10 eels periodically split off to form cooperative hunting parties. Those smaller groups then surrounded the prey and launched simultaneous electric attacks. The findings overturn the idea that these serpentine fish are exclusively solitary predators.

  • Penned release of green geckos has potential to help preserve threatened native species
    on January 14, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Researchers outlined how they translocated 19 barking geckos to Mana Island, using the method of penned release - enclosing them in a 100m² pen for three months so they get used to the site and hopefully establish a breeding population.

  • Bees respond to wildfire aftermath by producing more female offspring
    on January 14, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Researchers have found that the blue orchard bee, an important native pollinator, produces female offspring at higher rates in the aftermath of wildfire in forests.

  • Scientists discover new 'spectacular' bat from West Africa
    on January 13, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Scientists have discovered a new species of a striking orange and black bat in a mountain range in West Africa. The species, which the researchers expect is likely critically endangered, underscores the importance of sub-Saharan 'sky islands' to bat diversity.

  • How teeth functioned and evolved in giant mega-sharks
    on January 13, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Researchers find that the evolution of teeth in the giant prehistoric shark Megalodon and its relatives was a by-product of becoming huge, rather than an adaptation to new feeding habits.

  • New study reveals how fences hinder migratory wildlife in Western US
    on January 12, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Wildlife biologists combined GPS location data of tagged mule deer and pronghorn antelope with satellite imagery of Wyoming fences to find out just how often these animals encounter fences, and what happens when they do. The results help pinpoint which fences pose the biggest barrier to ungulates trying to access their ideal habitat.

  • DNA in water used to uncover genes of invasive fish
    on January 12, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    In a proof-of-principle study, researchers describe a new technique in which they analyzed environmental DNA - or eDNA - from water samples in Cayuga Lake to gather nuanced information about the presence of these invasive fish.

  • Unsure how to help reverse insect declines? Scientists suggest simple ways
    on January 12, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Entomologists' message is straightforward: We can't live without insects. They're in trouble. And there's something all of us can do to help.

  • Museum scientists: Prepare for next pandemic now by preserving animal specimens in natural history
    on January 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Authors of a new article urge researchers who conduct host-pathogen studies to adopt vouchering practices and to collaborate with natural history museums to permanently archive host specimens, along with their tissue and microbiological samples.

  • Climate change reduces the abundance and diversity of wild bees
    on January 12, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Wild bees are more affected by climate change than by disturbances to their habitats, according to a team of researchers. The findings suggest that addressing land-use issues alone will not be sufficient to protecting these important pollinators.

  • Levels of stress hormone in saliva of newborn deer fawns may predict mortality
    on January 12, 2021 at 12:01 am

    The first-ever study of the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the saliva of newborn white-tailed deer fawns yielded thought-provoking results that have researchers suggesting predation is not the only thing in the wild killing fawns.

  • Researchers find nonnative species in Oahu play greater role in seed dispersal
    on January 12, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Oahu's ecosystems have been so affected by species extinctions and invasions that most of the seeds dispersed on the island belong to nonnative plants, and most of them are dispersed by nonnative birds.


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