Marine protected area urged for Antarctica Peninsula

Species on the Antarctic Peninsula are threatened by climate change and human activities including commercial fishing, tourism, and research infrastructure.

How leaves reflect light reveals evolutionary history of seed plants

The way leaves reflect light, known as plant reflectance spectra, can illuminate the evolutionary history of seed plants, according to researchers. The researchers found...

Extinctions linked to new assemblages of species

As the world undergoes profound environmental change, identifying and protecting 'novel' communities of species can help prevent extinctions within vulnerable ecosystems. Scientists outline a...

Taking sides: Factors that influence patterns in protein distribution

A new article has found that even cells in isolation can become polarized to create the head to tail pattern, and that this polarity...

Scientists reconstruct beetles from the Cretaceous

An international research team has examined four newly found specimens of the Mysteriomorphidae beetle using computer tomography and has been able to reconstruct them....

Ants adapt tool use to avoid drowning

Researchers have observed black imported fire ants using sand to draw liquid food out of containers, when faced with the risk of drowning. This...

Long-term consequences difficult to predict

A research team has investigated the consequences of changes in plant biodiversity for the functioning of ecosystems. The scientists found that the relationships between...

Evolution in action: New Plant species in the Swiss Alps

A new plant species named Cardamine insueta appeared in the region of Urnerboden in the Swiss alps, after the land has changed from forest...

Can organic plant protection products damage crops?

Some organic pesticides contain live spores of the fungus Trichoderma to suppress other pathogens. Researchers found one Trichoderma species can cause severe rot in...

Aquatic hitchhikers: Using mobile technology to predict invasive species transmission

A new study uses passive data from a fishing technology company to model the movement of anglers and predict where aquatic invasive species may...

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