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Exotic snakebites recorded in the UK have 'soared' over the course of a decade, as numbers of the exotic pet increase.

Invasive fish: Sperm hijacking as success strategy

The Prussian carp is considered one of the most successful invasive fish species in Europe. Its ability to reproduce asexually gives it a major...

Habitat shifts affect brain structure in Amazonian butterflies

Habitat differences help determine changes in the nervous system of tropical butterflies, scientists have found.

Entombed together: Rare fossil flower and parasitic wasp make for amber artwork

Fossil research has revealed an exquisite merger of art and science: a long-stemmed flower of a newly described plant species encased in a 30-million-year-old...

Education system ‘neglecting the importance of plants’

People are becoming 'disconnected from the botanical world' at a time when plants could help solve global environmental problems, warn a group of research...

Hidden in plain sight: Seven showy tropical forest ferns described as new to science

Researchers have described seven new fern species from the rainforests of tropical America. Many of the species were uncovered as the by-product of ecological...

Toads surprise scientists by climbing trees in UK woodlands

Volunteers surveying dormice and bats in trees have made the unexpected discovery of over fifty common toads in nest boxes and tree cavities at...

Hidden in genetics: The evolutionary relationships of two groups of ancient invertebrates revealed

Using high quality molecular data, researchers have re-investigated a long-standing question about the position of two phyla of small aquatic invertebrates -- Kamptozoa and...

Charismatic songbird’s numbers have dramatically declined, survey suggests

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Off-season cattle grazing to help control fire danger from invasive cheatgrass

Cheatgrass, an invasive annual grass that has invaded Nevada rangelands, is responsible for much of the increasing wildfire danger in the Intermountain West. However,...

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