Agricultural parasite takes control of host plant’s genes

Dodder, a parasitic plant that causes major damage to crops in the US and worldwide every year, can silence the expression of genes in...

Lethal fungus that causes white-nose syndrome may have an Achilles’ heel

In the course of genomic analyses of the fungus behind white-nose-syndrome, a devastating disease that has killed millions of bats in North America, US...

Life in marine driftwood: The case of driftwood specialist talitrids

The rare and difficult-to-sample driftwood talitrids, also called driftwood hoppers, have been reviewed. Scientists noq link these crustaceans' trend to small size (dwarfism) to...

Isolating blood-feeding and non-biting genes in mosquitoes

Researchers have taken the first step on a path that eventually could result in female mosquitoes that no longer bite and spread diseases. A...

Mysterious new seafloor species sheds light on early animal evolution

Researchers have described a new species of the enigmatic marine worm Xenoturbella, named Xenoturbella japonica. Two specimens of this new species were dredged from...

It’s all in the ears: Inner ears of extinct sea monsters mirror those of...

A new study has revealed that an extinct group of marine reptiles called sauropterygians evolved similar inner ear proportions to those of some modern...

Invasive ‘supervillain’ crab can eat through its gills

Invasive green shore crabs can 'eat' by absorbing nutrients across its gills -- the first demonstration of this ability in crustaceans -- scientists have...

New species discovered in Malaysian rainforest during unprecedented, top-to-bottom survey

This fall, the California Academy of Sciences partnered with The Habitat Penang Hill and colleagues to conduct a rainforest survey on Malaysia's island state...

Dahl’s toad-headed turtle threatened by fragmented habitat, shrinking populations

A recent study shows that the Dahl's Toad-headed Turtle (Mesoclemmys dahli), a rare reptile found only in Colombia, is threatened with extinction due to...

Belowground fungal interactions with trees help explain non-native plant invasions

The invasion of nonnative plants above-ground is strongly related to what type of mycorrhizal fungi are dominant below-ground in forest ecosystems.

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