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Scientists ‘pin the tail’ on IVF treatment for donkeys

A research group has created a successful donkey embryo using in-vitro fertilization (IVF), which could save dozens of endangered donkey species.

Learning to better understand the language of algae

Communication is everything -- and that applies for algae, too. However, their chemical language and its significance in aquatic ecosystems remain largely unknown. New...

Australians clueless about their country’s most endangered species

A study bu a conservation psychologist reveals overwhelming public ignorance of Australia's most threatened species, a factor that is contributing to the extinction crisis...

Eating fire ants could prepare lizards for future fire ant attack

Eating fire ants might prepare a lizard's immune system to be stung by the ants, according to a new study.

Best way to estimate costs for invasive plant removal? Get out and dig

According to an agricultural ecologist, many cost estimates for cleaning up unwanted, invasive plants are just that: estimates, extrapolated via desktop analysis from relatively...

Butterflies: 195 ways to help California’s painted ladies

By documenting hundreds of new nectar plants for painted ladies, scientists have renewed hope these charismatic butterflies may prove resilient to climate change.

Harpoon heads, sweeping tails: How predatory mosquito larvae capture prey

With striking high-speed video footage, scientists have for the first time detailed how predatory mosquito larvae attack and capture prey in aquatic habitats. This...

When country ants go to town

Researchers have shown that a common ant species undergoes physiological and behavioral changes in unnatural settings.

Differences in fungus found in reared and wild ambrosia beetles suggest artificial method to...

A recent study in Japan has found that reared ambrosia beetles, Euwallacea interjectus, can have symbiotic fungi different to those found in the wild....

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