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New Guinea is the most floristically diverse island in the world, an international collaboration has shown. The study presents a list of almost 14,000...

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Asterids comprise around 100,000 flowering plants, from heather to tomatoes. Up to now, their family relationships had not yet been fully clarified. A new...

Remote islands: Stepping stones to understanding evolution

Researchers have investigated evolutionary and ecological changes in ants in the South Pacific archipelago of Fiji to examine a controversial theory for how evolution...

Scientists unlock genetic secrets of wine growers’ worst enemy

Following a decade-long effort, scientists have mapped out the genome of an aphid-like pest capable of decimating vineyards. In so doing, they have discovered...

Artificial Intelligence to identify individual birds of same species

Humans have a hard time identifying individual birds just by looking at the patterns on their plumage. An international study has now shown how...

Cycad plants provide an important ‘ecosystem service’

A new study shows that cycads, which are in decline and among the world's most threatened group of plants, provide an important service to...

Bee disease spreading via flowers

One in 11 flowers carries disease-causing parasites known to contribute to bee declines, according to a new study that identifies how flowers act as...

New native Hawaiian land snail species discovered, first in 60 years

Auriculella gagneorum, a small candy-striped snail from Oahu's Waianae Mountains, represents the first new species of a living Hawaiian land snail described in 60...

Novel ‘on-off’ switch discovered in plant defenses

Researchers investigating the ways that plants protect themselves -- from insects to pathogens -- have discovered an ''on-off'' switch that controls plant defensive mechanisms....

Science sweetens stingless bee species honey health claims

Examination of honey from five different stingless bee species across Neotropical and Indo-Australian regions has enabled for the first time the identification of the...

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