Rats are capable of transmitting hantavirus

Researchers have confirmed Germany's first-ever case of animal-to-human transmission involving a specific species of virus known as the 'Seoul virus'. Researchers were able to...

New fossil seal species rewrites history

An international team of biologists has discovered a new species of extinct monk seal from the Southern Hemisphere -- describing it as the biggest...

phyloFlash: New software for fast and easy analysis of environmental microbes

Researchers are developing a user-friendly method to reconstruct and analyze SSU rRNA from raw metagenome data.

Host genetic factors shape composition of virus communities

Plants can be infected by multiple viruses at once. However, the composition of the pathogen community varies, even if individuals belong to the same...

Beetles cooperate in brood care

Ambrosia beetles are fascinating: they practice agriculture with fungi and they live in a highly developed social system. A biologist has now discovered new...

Death from below: Parasitic wasp attacking caterpillar underwater

A previously unknown species of Japanese parasitic wasp was observed to dive underwater to parasitize moth caterpillars.

Shining a (UV) light on the glow-in-the-dark platypus

The fur of the platypus - an Australian species threatened with extinction - glows green under ultraviolet light, a new study finds. This is...

Plants communicate at a molecular level

Biologists have discovered how tomato plants identify Cuscuta as a parasite. The plant has a protein in its cell walls that is identified as...

Management of a popular game fish, the smallmouth bass

For recreational fishing enthusiasts, the thrill of snagging their next catch comes with discovering what's hooked on the end of the line. In many...

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.

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