New evolutionary insights into the early development of songbirds

An international team has sequenced a chromosome in zebra finches called the germline-restricted chromosome (GRC). This chromosome is only found in germline cells, the...

Oyster deaths: American slipper limpet is innocent

Researchers have managed to shine some light on the decline in numbers of the European oyster. They have concluded that the occurrence of the...

Wildfires in Oregon’s blue mountains to become more frequent, severe due to climate change

Under a warming climate, wildfires in Oregon's southern Blue Mountains will become more frequent, more extensive and more severe, according to a new study.

Genetic studies reveal how rat lungworm evolves

Rat lungworm is a parasitic disease, spread through contaminated food, which affects the brain and spinal cord. Now, researchers report that a detail analysis...

A decade after the predators have gone, Galapagos Island finches are still being spooked

On some of the Galapagos Islands where human-introduced predators of Darwin's finches were eradicated over a decade ago, the finches are still acting as...

A century later, plant biodiversity struggles in wake of agricultural abandonment

Decades after farmland was abandoned, plant biodiversity and productivity struggle to recover, according to new research.

Ash Dieback: Better news for European ash trees

For the past decade the outlook has been gloomy for European ash trees devastated by ash dieback and facing the threat of more invasive...

Insulin can increase mosquitoes’ immunity to West Nile virus

A discovery has the potential to inhibit the spread of West Nile virus as well as Zika and dengue viruses. The researchers demonstrated that...

Ant expert discovers newly emergent species in his backyard

A global ant expert has traveled the world documenting and discovering ant species. But for his latest discovery, he didn't need to go any...

Evolutionary diversity is associated with Amazon forest productivity

An international team of researchers have revealed for the first time that Amazon forests with the greatest evolutionary diversity are the most productive.

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